On this, the last day of 2019, Neighbors passes along an item from the web that Patrick Colliton, Fargo, found and sent to Neighbors. See what you think of it:

One evening a boy was talking to his grandfather about current events.

The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the computer age and just things in general.

The grandfather replied, “Well, let me think a minute.

“I was born before:

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  • Television.

  • Penicillin.

  • Polio shots.

  • Frozen foods.

  • Xerox.

  • Contact lenses.

  • Frisbees.

  • The pill.

“There were no:

  • Credit cards.

  • Laser beams.

  • Ballpoint pens.

“Man had not invented:

  • Pantyhose.

  • Air conditioners.

  • Dishwashers.

  • Clothes dryers, microwave ovens, cellphones or fax machines.

  • The clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air; and

  • Space travel was only in the ‘Flash Gordon’ books.

“Your grandmother and I got married first… and then lived together.

“Every family had a father and a mother.

“Until I was 25, I called every woman older than me, ’ma’am.’

“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 Bible, 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 our country was a privilege; living in this country was a bigger privilege.

“We thought fast food was eating half a biscuit while running to catch the school bus.

“Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

“Draft dodgers were those who closed front doors as the evening breeze started.

“Timesharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends.

“We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt or of 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.

“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 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 Ford coupe for $600. Gas was 11 cents a gallon.

“In my day,

  • ‘Grass’ was mowed.

  • ‘Coke’ was a cold drink.

  • ‘Pot’ was something your mother cooked in.

  • ‘Rock music’ was your grandmother’s lullaby.

  • ‘Aides’ were helpers in the principal’s office.

  • ‘Chip’ meant a piece of wood.

  • ‘Hardware’ was found in a hardware store.

  • ‘Software’ wasn’t even a word.

“And we were the last generation to actually believe that a woman needed a husband to have a baby.”

This item then asks how old you think this grandfather was.

“It’s pretty scary, if you think about it, and pretty sad at the same time,” it says.

Are you ready?

That man would be 72 years old today. 72 years ago was 1947. A lot of you were around then.

“Gives you something to think about,” the item ends.

And now, we’re about to head into another decade.

Happy new year, neighbors, no matter what age you are!

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