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HOW OLD IS GRANDMA? (A bit american but still applies)

This is scary!!

How old is Grandma?

(Read this to the end-- quite an eye opener.)

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 the shootings at schools, the computer age, and

Just things in general.

The Grandmother replied, "Well, let me think a minute,

I was born before:


' 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 yet invented:


' 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

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, computer-dating, dual careers, daycare centers, and group therapy.

Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, 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; 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.

Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the

Evening breeze started.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the

Evenings and weekends — not purchasing condominiums.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CD's, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches 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 &10-cent (5 and dime) 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 a nickel.

And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and 2 postcards.

You could buy a new Ford Coupe for $600, but who could

Afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.

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,

' "chip" meant a piece of wood,

' "hardware" was found in a hardware store and.

' "software" wasn't even a word.

We were the last generation to

actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.

We volunteered to protect our precious country.

No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap.

How old do you think I am?

Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.

Are you ready?????







This woman would only have to be 59 years old.

All this is true for those of us born any time before late 1952.



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I think I am going to cry now! I must be getting old?

Thanks for that, it was really good.



Hi Ken

But that is the whole point, all these things have only happened in the last 59 years, obviously a lot a lot less for some, but all these things have happened in 59 years, what will happen in the next 59 I wonder.

Take care and kindest regards


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Well, I am running out of time to go into space and colonise other planets! I would love to be around if we manage to go to other worlds and meet aliens, and NOT cause an intergalactic war! I am 51 this year so I doubt I will be around in another 59 years?

I know it is crazy but, I have been reading literature pertaining to cryogenics and the companies that sell the package deals. I am interested but after reading I cannot honestly believe that it will work as the thawing process alone is enough to smash the brain to pieces? I would be wasting a hundred grand?

Take care


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Would you really want to come back though ? Just think the world would be an alien place to us as technology moves on,

It's frightening.

I often wonder what my grandparents would make of it now. Lol


I actually think that I would like to come back again! Just imagine what it would be like in the future? Things have changed so much in my lifetime not too mention the last few hundred years? I know this will sound provocative but at a guess they may be able to clone or construct bodies in a lab, so I might not even have to be me? The thought of it all is breath taking!

I never had any grandparents as my mum and dad were orphans, however I had a group of aunties who would definitely like today's society!

Take care

Ken x


It won,t be worth it, keep your money and enjoy your intergalactic trips, even if they are only on paper or dvd for now :) Have you ever watched the film 'Forever Young' with Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis, he spent his whole time looking for his old life after only 50 years of being frozen. It wasn't nice, so enjoy what you have and who you're with now!

Hope your and yours are all as well as can be this fine day :) Wow! it's Monday and I am in a good mood, the world still spins and the sun is shining :)

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Hi tiredalot40

I have never seen that film, but I know in my heart that if this were possible it would mean a whole new life all on my own. To be honest, it would probably be for the best, as it would mean expecting things from my family that I would never ask of them?

I can envisage so many possible scenarios for the future, as an author I create and destroy worlds in my mind every time I sit and write. I will be controversial in this, as if it were to happen, I could easily live as a women next time around as I have no qualms about my personal emotions?

Hope that you and your family are well today?

Ken x


Hi Ken, you and my uncle would go well together, he is a writer as well and like you he changes his worlds, very exciting :) it always amazed me just how imaginative he could be.

Family fine, thank you, me a little worse than usual but that's life it seems.

Take care, Susan :)


I am on 52 this month and my hubby and I were discussing the changes since we had left school to my youngest daughter, it was amazing how much gas changed since I was 17, by the end of the conversation I felt so old. They laughed at me when I had said that the word gay actually meant happy, cheerful when I was at school - out came the dictionary :)

In fairness I actually think the younger generation like my own kids have missed out on a lot of fun things, they may be more computer and gadget literate but they cannot play two ball (against a wall with tennis balls, for any younger ones reading this :) ) or play jacks. They don't play tag, kissy catch (very innocently I might add) or stick in the mud. In fact it is unusual to see a child play outdoors unless they are walking with their heads down, hoods up and earphone plugged in!

So I guess that means I liked your post :)

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I totally agree, my daughter has tried teaching her nieces two ball, hop, skip and jump, jacks and all the playground stuff she learnt as a child, that was OK until she tried the Tag thing as running definitely was not their idea of fun.

I really think the people from thirty up have had the best childhood, with the good outside activities as well as video games just starting but not as mobile as now.

Take care and kindest regards



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