…Then and Now
We all are constantly amazed at the speed by which everything around us is changing. Technology is largely at the root of this…the transmission of ideas, news, events and plans is virtually instantaneous.
Here’s a little story to put it all in perspective:
How Old Is Grandma?
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:
- ‘ 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 yet 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
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 be only 61 years old!
- She would have been born in late 1952.
GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.
AND WITH THAT, LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO AN ABBREVIATED GLOSSARY TO DEMONSTRATE “THEN AND NOW:”
- RSVP–flash mob
- Andy Williams –Lady Gaga
- Folk– techno
- Movie – IMAX
- Stereo–surround sound
- Newspaper — tablet
- Week -in review — instant news
- Rolodex — database
- Carousel — PowerPoint
- Polaroid — digital
- Wedding planner — sponsored event
- Phone call – text
- Fax – FedEx – e-mail
- Oil – data
- Tape – streaming
- Article – blog
- Attachment – link
- Album – Instagram
- Invite – E-vite
- Blockbuster – Netflix
- Auto dealer – CarMax
- Upfront – real time
- Field interview – Survey Monkey
- Website – LinkedIn
- Public relations – social marketing
- Sales report – dashboard
- Soap – reality TV