How old is He?
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:
' polio shots
' frozen foods
' contact lenses
' Frisbees and
' the pill
There were no:
' credit cards
' laser beams or
' ball-point pens
Man had not invented :
' air conditioners
' clothes dryers, microwave ovens, cell phones, or fax machines
' and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and
' space travel was only in 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, 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.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings-except for pirates in the movies.
We listened to 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 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,p
' "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.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby.
How old do you think I am?
I bet you have this old man in mind...you are in for a shock!
Read on to see -- pretty scary if you think about it and pretty sad at the same time.
Are you ready?????
This man would be only 72 years old today.
72 years ago was 1948.
GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...
PASS THIS ON TO THE OLD ONES, The younger generation would not understand.
IN GOD WE TRUST. GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN! We have taken it for granted, now we need to ask again!
Who is going to fill their boots? Just thinking! 2019-2020
DID YOU KNOW?
Most of today’s veteran’s organizations are starving for younger members to become active members. Most younger vets can site any number of reasons to just pay their dues and not to volunteer much of their time.
Most of our active members are 50 years of age or older. In our small D.A.V Chapter 50 we have about 15 active vets with about 7 active non-vet volunteers. Our paid membership is in excess of 200 members . Only three veterans under 50 years of age are actually active. This means 1/2 of our active group are non-veterans.
Is it me or is there something wrong here? With just 15 or so active people this small group of dedicated people solicit and fund approximately $25,000.00 worth of events, outings, parties, gift and commissary cards, field trips, clothing, games and electronics, cooking items and food, equipment such as a kiln for their pottery club, air rifles (handicapped enabled), arts and craft items, and whatever is required for our sick and injured vets which our government DOES NOT provide. The vast majority of the funds are expended at the Brockton V.A. Medical Center. Who will carry the torch as our older members pass on and there is no one to step up? Will the future needs of our sick or injured veterans go unanswered?
I have been involved with Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion,V.F.W., U.S.V, Homes For Our Troops, etc. for over 45 Years and I’m now 71, an old gasbag with bad health and I’m very concerned and saddened by my younger brother and sister vets indifference to the custom of the young veterans and us older veterans caring forour brother and sister veterans in need.
If you are a younger veteran, PLEASE consider donating even twenty hours of YOUR time a year and help out at an area veterans organization. YOU are the answer for our future, if there is to be a future for veterans organizations!
In closing, we welcome our new members to our group. Please feel free to introduce yourselves to any member you have not already met. Not all members make it to all meetings and you might meet a potential new friend. Also, visit our website hereinafter listed below. It has helpful information for veterans. “Just thinking”! "IF NOT YOU, THEN WHO"?
David Curtin, Adjutant / webmaster