How old is grandma? 137



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Stay with this — the answer is at the end. It will blow you away.

One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.
The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general..
The grandmother replied, “Well, let me think a minute, I was born before:

  • television
  • penicillin
  • polio shots
  • frozen foods
  • Xerox
  • contact lenses
  • Frisbees and
  • the pill

There were no:

  • credit cards
  • laser beams or
  • ball-point pens

Man had not invented:

  • pantyhose
  • air conditioners
  • dishwashers
  • clothes dryers
  • and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Not to mention:

  • Your grandfather and I got married first and then lived together.
  • Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than me, “Sir”. And after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, “Sir.”
  • We were before gay-rights, internet-dating, dual careers, daycare centres, and group therapy.
  • Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgement, and common sense.
  • We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions
  • Serving your country was a privilege and living in this country was a bigger privilege.
  • We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
  • Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.
  • We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.
  • We listened to everything on our radios.
  • If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk
  • The term ‘making out’ referred to how you did on your school exam….
  • Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.
  • We had 5 and 10 cent stores where you could actually buy things for 5 and 10 cents.
  • Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all so cheap
  • And if you didn’t want to splurge, you could spend your spare change on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.
  • You could buy a new Holden for $600, but who could afford one?
  • Too bad, because fuel was a fraction of what it is now

In my day:

  • “grass” was mowed,
  • “coke” was a cold drink,
  • “pot” was something your mother cooked in and
  • “rock music” was your grandmother’s lullaby.
  • “Aids” were helpers in the Principal’s office,
  • “hardware” was found in a hardware store and
  • “software” wasn’t even a word.

And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
No wonder people call us “old and confused” and say there is a generation gap.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old lady in mind….you are in for a shock!
Read on to see — pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready?




This woman would be only 60 years old! Proves that we aren’t old, but we do know a lot has changed.

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  1. I’m 67 and “rock music” was definitely a term used in my youth – but great article.
    I remember my Mum telling me to turn off those dreadful loud tuneless Beatles – these days they’re musical & so so quiet

  2. I remember all of this. I’m in my mid seventies. My grandkids often used to ask me about the olden days. No television blows them away.
    I remember being very sick……no antibiotics. But we were given sulpha tablets. Dice shaped pills that were a revolting raspberry flavour. IMF they stayed put you very slowly started to recover……..however I guess we would have recovered with or without.
    I remember my sister having scarlet fever…..a terrible disease in those days. The best bit was we were not allowed to attend school for six weeks. We were just contacts but we were excluded.

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    • My mother used to give me sulphur powder mixed with honey. Yuk. Yuk. Yuk.
      Iodised Sarsparilla in Sars cordial was better.

    • I read that and one thing struck me..if I had to have sulfur, I would be dead now, I have a severe allergy to sulfur drugs..I have to wear a medi alert bracelet

    • my younger sister had scarlet fever, weeks of school and must have drove mum mad, at the time there would have been 7 of us kids at home, I think it was about autumn, and the boys were always trying to break out, Mum, I think she was a saint, we loved her very much

    • I remember they had to wait for the crisis……….fever went so high…….she either lived or died. Nowadays it’s cured by an antibiotic. Nothin to worry about at all. There were only three of us at home. One was sick so that left two of us to supervise with school work. Poor mums. In those days they worked hard.

  3. Life was definitely better back then even though we had very little, you appreciated anything you did get

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    • We most definitely did appreciate everything we got. It see such a shame now that the things we knew as treats (lollies, soft drinks, ice cream, take away, parties) are run of the mill now. Children now expect these things and appear to have an endless supply of them….it makes it difficult to find a ‘treat’ for children now – I also find it interesting that what we had lots of (family time, cooking with Mum, picnics with family) are now something rather special for children…and that makes me a little sad….but THAT is something that I do have for them (and no $$’s will buy either! )

  4. I agree! Coke to me was what we bought to burn in the fireplace instead of coal, and I am 87

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    • Every couple of years Dad would tip a truckload of coke from the gasworks on to our steep s-bend driveway and then drive back and forth to compact it. Years later we actually got 2 concrete strips laid instead. Absolute nightmare to negotiate when learning to drive.

  5. I am 66….. and this article is SO RIGHT ON!!!!!!!

  6. certainly does not apply to me and I am in my mid sixties. Never went to a church or had any religion, lived with my husband for two years before we married. Was really into sex and drugs and rock and roll. I suspect this was an American article. Grass was dope, pot was dope, rock and reggae were great.
    Still love my radio and books ruled my world.

  7. Yes we also had a Mother Potts iron that heated on the wood stove no running hot water no washing machine an Ice Chest no fridge no phone.when my mother was in her late eighties and I went to vist she said people really annoyed her when they went on about the good old days as she felt that was rubbish, Down on hands and knees scrubbing floors washing in a copper in the back yard in all weather wood stove in the summer so much back breaking work she had to do she loved the labour saving inventions !

  8. No my life was not better, it was way harsh and I grew up never wanting to get married because my mother was on the brink of exhaustion every day with constant chores, very few labour saving devices and four kids. I did get married and my life has been 100% better than my poor mums.

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