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post #1 of 24
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HOW OLD IS GRANDMA?


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 Grandma 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 had yet to walk 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 I, "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, day-care 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 people who closed their front doors when 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, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios.

And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.

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 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 one letter and two postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy 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, a 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.

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.

And how old do you think grandma is?

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

This is something to think about. How time has changed.... .

How old do you think Grandma is?
58 (born 1946)
post #2 of 24
Wow, what a cool perspective!
post #3 of 24
That is pretty funny. People were definitely smoking and growing pot, snorting coke, and making their own yogurt then though
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post #5 of 24
Very interesting, Cheryl!
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by esrgirl
That is pretty funny. People were definitely smoking and growing pot, snorting coke, and making their own yogurt then though
No they wern't! I grew up in that era and it was innocent times - party lines, no dishwashers, doctors made house calls!

I will NEVER forget the time my Girlfriend gave my brother a pack and a half of fizzies (anyone here know what they are? He was supposed to just put them in water but he ate all of them got sick and started vomiting up foamy red vomit. I tried to tell my Mom it was just fizzies but she was certain he was dying and called the doctor to come out.

Poor doctor was shocked when HE saw the red foamy vomit and then when it turned lime green he was almost green. Finally my brother admited he ate all of them. Like I said it was a VERY Innocent age!
post #7 of 24
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
No they wern't! I grew up in that era and it was innocent times - party lines, no dishwashers, doctors made house calls!

I will NEVER forget the time my Girlfriend gave my brother a pack and a half of fizzies (anyone here know what they are? He was supposed to just put them in water but he ate all of them got sick and started vomiting up foamy red vomit. I tried to tell my Mom it was just fizzies but she was certain he was dying and called the doctor to come out.

Poor doctor was shocked when HE saw the red foamy vomit and then when it turned lime green he was almost green. Finally my brother admited he ate all of them. Like I said it was a VERY Innocent age!
That's hysterical! Do I ever identify!! Fizzies -- the rootbeer ones were the best!
post #8 of 24
wow that's very intresting
post #9 of 24
lol thats interesting my oldest aunt was born in 1935, where as my grandma was born in 1930 on my mums side
post #10 of 24
I was pretty close in guessing the age, because my own father (and mother ) is around that age, give or take 4 years.

Dad was a farm kid. He said he never knew that that weed they burned in the ditch was actually drugs. He didn't know he was getting high....he just thought it gave him a headache.
post #11 of 24
that's funny i read that to my mother and she guessed the grandma as being 50 because that's how old she is...and as far as the snorting crank and smoking pot...people did do it then! they just kept it quiet...don't believe me? watch the movie reefer madness, people were doing that stuff in the 20's and 30's they just weren't as open about it as they are now
post #12 of 24
I was pretty close with the age because hubby is 56 and always telling me how things have changed!

My FIL (who died 2 years ago) was born within a couple of weeks of the sinking of the Titanic. It was fascinating listening to how the town and villages around us had changed during that time.
post #13 of 24

Interesting, but it seems like a couple of those things aren't accurate. My uncle's (born in the early 40's) were actually given up by my grandmother (who was married, divorced, and married again before my dad was born in '47) to her sister because she just didn't "feel like" raising them. She just dropped them off one day to her sister in Wales and then moved to America to marry her new husband.

Staying with the topic of my grandmother (if you can't tell already she was an interesting and feisty lady) she would ONLY call a man sir if she wanted something or was flirting (which she did until the day she died at 91).

And like meiam said, weed was definitely around. They just did a remake for Showtime of "Reefer Madness." It was originally an educational video (I believe) made in the '30's.


So while it was definitely more innocent, it wasn't AS innocent as most of those kinds of emails want you to believe! Times change and things progress. My grandmother used to tell me stories about being a teen in the 30's and sneaking out of her mother's house to go out dancing and getting caught because she was wearing a garter with bells on it that would inevitably give her away on her way back inside the house. Back then that garter was a risque thing to have on under her dress. It just goes to show that while things change DRASTICALLY, the underlying behaviors of teens and adults is essentially the same.
post #14 of 24
yes...reefer madness was actually created in the 30's as an educational video, however the people who made it were very uneducated...and most of it is just rediculous lies, but it's quite funny to watch
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by meiam
yes...reefer madness was actually created in the 30's as an educational video, however the people who made it were very uneducated...and most of it is just rediculous lies, but it's quite funny to watch
I just heard about it because of the new one coming out and I actually really want to see it! The new one sounds hilarious!! They made it into a musical and everything!
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by meiam
yes...reefer madness was actually created in the 30's as an educational video, however the people who made it were very uneducated...and most of it is just rediculous lies, but it's quite funny to watch
Well I'll be dag gummed! I guess I just led a very protected life!
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by rapunzel47
That's hysterical! Do I ever identify!! Fizzies -- the rootbeer ones were the best!
Yes but I will BET you never ate a pack and 1/2 of them at one time! I can still see the fear on that poor doctors face - red vomit!
post #18 of 24
I was guessing 62 as that is my mums age and she has always said that it was a much gentle time when she was growing up. I think that they did have drugs and alcohol but it wasn't as open .Mum was in her 30's and she took up smoking for a year because the doctor told her she had bad nerves and it would help calm her, just what she needed, something else she had to find money for. She gave it up because she hated the taste. My Mum has only just started to be able to take it easier and has just given up work,so I think that that generation has done it hard as well.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by MyBabies
Yes but I will BET you never ate a pack and 1/2 of them at one time! I can still see the fear on that poor doctors face - red vomit!
Oh, you bet I never ate a pack and a half of them!! Actually didn't like the taste much until they were used as they were supposed to be. Funny thing. Can't quite understand WHY anyone would just EAT that many. But kids will be kids.

Oh, and I do remember doctors' house calls -- one in particular: when I had chickenpox. He appeared at my bedroom door and said, "My, what a lovely speckled trout!"

And FWIW...sure, not absolutely every family was Mum, Dad and 3.54 kids; and sure, not absolutely everyone was as sweet and innocent and unspoiled as the piece says -- but it does acccurately represent the norm, the day-to-day existence of the average person. I was there.
post #20 of 24
That's great! Thanks for sharing.
post #21 of 24
I agree. More innocent, but not as innocent as you would be led to believe. Go back a little further to the '30s for instance. Prohibition, bathtub rum, speakeasies and gangsters. The Valentine Day's massacre. I've got a newspaper from 1929 I think it is showing where my grandfather, (separated from my grandmother, they were planning on divorcing,) ran his Ford into a bridge abutment and was killed instantly. In the same paper is a story about some fellow killing his girlfriend/wife (don't remember exactly, haven't read it in a while) and burying her in a shallow grave on his property. Also if this grandma was born in 1946, that means that she would be 20 in 1966? What does that bring to mind!
post #22 of 24
I guessed it right! My Mum is arround that age and I love to hear about how things have changed and what her childhood was like!

Only thing is, I wouldn't say that my Mum was old enough to be a grandma! Grandma to her Grandkitties, but that's it!
post #23 of 24
Lots of inaccuracies. Here is Snopes.com take on it
http://msgboard.snopes.com/message/u.../t/001882.html
post #24 of 24
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People....People.....lighten up! These are J - O - K - E - S.
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