I’M JUST CURIOUS: Can you remember?

by Debbie Walker

Can you remember hearing your parents or grandparents say these things? I can, some were spoken with strong indignation. “Well, I never …….!” It makes me realize that every generation has had their crosses to bear. I don’t know who would be worse off. Would someone from a past generation settle into this life and time, easier, or would we fit into one of their same generations?

Here we go:

“I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $20!”

“I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies anymore. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying ‘damn’ in Gone with the Wind! It seems every new movie has either ‘hell’ or ‘damn’ in it!”

“Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $50,000 will only buy a used one.”

“If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. A quarter a pack is ridiculous!”

“Did you hear the Post Office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?”

“If they raise the minimum wage to $1, no body will be able to hire outside help at the store.” (heard something like this recently?)

“When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost $.29 a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.”

“Kids today are impossible. Those ducktail haircuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls.”

“If they think I’ll pay 50 cents for a haircut, forget it!”

“I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of this century. They even have some fellows they called astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.”

“Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year. It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the president!”

“I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making typewriters now.”

“It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.”

“It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.”

“Marriage doesn’t mean a thing anymore; those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat.”

“I’m just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.”

“Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people in Congress.”

“No one can afford to be sick anymore. $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood.”

I’m just curious if those words ring any bells for anyone? Sure, did with me from my family. I found this list on Facebook on the computer. I have no idea who the collector was, but I enjoyed the memories. Contact me at Debbiewalker@townline.org with any comments or questions. Happy Birthday to a friend and my Mom.


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