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August 14, 2013

Emails, part of modern life, can be entertaining

Anybody with email service knows that random emails are part of life today. Some I like. Some I delete.

However, some are so true, cute or funny that I have to share them:

“One evening a grandson was talking to his grandfather about current events. The grandson asked his grandfather what he thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age and just things in general. The grandfather replied, 

“Well, let me think a minute, I was born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the ‘pill.’

“He continued: ‘There were no credit cards, laser beams or ballpoint pens. Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers (the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air) and space travel was only in Flash Gordon books.’

“Taking a deep breath, he went on: ‘Your grandmother and I got married first, and then lived together. 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 computer-dating, dual careers, daycare 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 your 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. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends, not purchasing condominiums.  You could buy a new Ford coupe for $600, but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon. 

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