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We are survivors! Consider the changes we have witnessed: We were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, contact lenses, Frisbees, and the pill. We were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, and ball point pens; before panty hose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and before man walked on the moon. We got married first, 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 or Jeanne, and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with our cousins. We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent. And outer space was the back of the theater. We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers, and commuter marriages. We were before day care centers, group therapy, and nursing homes. We never heard FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, word processors, artificial hearts, yogurt and guys wearing earrings. For us time sharing meant togetherness - not computers or condominiums. A "chip" meant a piece of wood; hardware meant hardware; and software wasn't even a word. In 1940, "Made in Japan" meant junk and the term "making out" meant how you did on your exam. McDonald's and instant coffee were unheard of.We hit the scene when there were 5 and 10 stores, where you bought things for five and ten cents - ice cream cones sold for a nickle or a dime. For one nickle you could ride a streetcar, make a phone call or buy Pepsi or enough stamps to mail one letter and two post cards. You could buy a Chevy for $600.00, but who could afford one? -- a pity too, because gas was 11 cents a gallon!!! In our day, cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was mowed. Coke was a cold drink and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a grandma's lullaby and Aids were helpers in the principal's office. We were certainly not before the differences between the sexes were discovered, but we were surely before sex change operations. We made due with what we had. And we were the "Lets Generation" that was so dumb to think you needed a husband to have a baby!!! No wonder we're so confused and there is such a generation gap today!! But we survived!! What better reason to celebrate?

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