To All of Those Born Before 1945


We are the survivors. Consider the changes we have witnessed. We were born before television, penicillin, polio shots, frozen food, Xerox, plastic, contact lenses, Frisbees and the Pill. We lived before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ballpoint pens, before panty hose and dishwashers, before man walked on the Moon.

We got married first and then lived together. How quaint can you be? In our time closets were for clothes, not for coming out of. Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Designer jeans were scheming girls named Jean and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins. We thought "fast" food was what you ate during ‘Lent’, we came before househusbands, gay rights, computer dating, duel careers and commuter marriages. We had never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electronic typewriters, artificial hearts and guys wearing earrings. For us, time-sharing meant togetherness, not computers and condominiums. A ‘chip’ was a piece of wood, ‘hardware’ meant hardware.' software’ wasn't even a word. Back then, "Made in Japan" meant junk and the term "Making out"referred to how you did on your exam.

We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10-cent stores where you brought things for 5 cents and 10 cents. For a nickel you could ride a streetcar, make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or buy enough stamps to mail a letter and two postcards. You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600.00, but who could afford one? A pity, too, because gasoline was only 20 cents a gallon.

Back then, in our day, grass was something you mowed, coke was a cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a grandma’s lullaby. We made do with what we had, and we were the last generation that was so dumb as to think you needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder we are so confused and there is such a generation gap.

But we survived. What better reason to celebrate?

By Thelma Lindy ©2002