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Talking it over: Are you a survivor?

If you were born before 1945, just think about all the changes that you've seen during your lifetime.

You were born before television, before penicillin, before polio shots, frozen food, Xerox, contact lenses, frisbees, expressways CDs and microwaves.

You were before radar, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams and ballpoint pens. You were born before panty hose, dishwashers, clothes dryers, electric blankets, air conditioning, drip-dry clothes and before man walked on the moon.

You got married first and then lived together. Closets were for clothes, not "coming out of." Bunnies were small rabbits, and rabbits were not Volkswagens. Pizza, McDonald's and instant coffee were still unheard of.

Fast food was what you ate during Lent, and having a "meaningful relationship" meant getting along with your cousins.

You were born before "house husbands," computer dating, dual careers and commuter marriages. You were before day care centers, group therapy, assisted living centers and retirement communities.

Before never heard of FM radio, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors, cell phones, ipads, ipods, yogurt and guys wearing earrings.

"Time-share" meant togetherness and had nothing to do with computers or condominiums; a "chip" meant a piece of wood; hardware meant hardware and software wasn't even a word.

You hit the scene when five-and-ten stores sold things for five cents and ten cents. For a nickel you could buy five suckers, a pack of gum or an ice cream cone, or buy enough stamps to mail one letter and two postcards.

You could buy a new Chevy coupe for $600, but who could afford one? A pity, too, because gas back then was only 11 cents a gallon.

In your day, cigarette smoking was fashionable. Grass was something that was mowed. Coke was a cold drink, pot was what you cooked in and rock music was a grandma's lullaby.

No wonder there is such a generation gap today. But, overall, those years before 1945 were pretty good times, weren't they?

Taken from the Suddenly Senior Web site.