We are Survivors

(For those born before 1940….consider the changes we have witnessed)

We were born before the TV age, before polio shots, frozen food, plastics, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill . We were before refrigerators, dishwashers, tumble dryers, electric blankets, airconditioners, credit cards, split atoms, laser beams, ballpoint pens and…before man could walk on the moon.

We got married first and then lived to-gether. How quaint can you be?

In our time closets were for clothes, not for ‘coming out of’. Bunnies were small rabbits and dishes were for washing not for receiving programmes from out space. Designer Jeans were scheming girls and having a meaningful relationship meant getting along well with cousins. We thought fast food was what you ate during Lent and cold turkey was what you ate on Boxing Day

We were before house husbands, gay rights, computer dating, dual careers and computor marriages. Divorce was something that happened to film stars. We were before day care centres, group therapy and nursing homes. We played with Dinky Toys, wore sock suspenders and braces, plastered our hair with Brylcream or Brilliantine and took a daily dose of cod liver oil and malt. We drank Ovaltine, ate porridge and listened to Dick Barton, ITMA, Workers Playtime and Housewives Choice. We had never heard of Radio One, tape decks, electric typewriters, artificial hearts, word processors or yoghurt. For us, time sharing meant togetherness not Spanish Holiday Homes, a chip meant a piece of wood , hardware meant a shop where you bought hammers and nails, and software wasn’t even a word.

In 1940, ‘ Made in Japan’ meant poor quality and the Koreans and Taiwanese hadn’t even started production. Pizzas, McDonalds and instant coffee were unheard of.

We were born when nothing in Woolworth’s cost more than sixpence. For sixpence you could take a ride on a tram, go to the cinema and buy an ice cream.

In our day cigarette smoking was fashionable, grass was mowed, Coke was a cold drink or something you kept in a coal shed and pot was something you cooked in. Rock music was a lullaby and Aids were for those with hearing difficulties.

We were certainly not before the differences between the sexes were discovered, but we were surely before the sex change. We made do with what we had and we were the last generation to think that you needed a husband to have a baby.

We typed letters with a manual typewriter, did calculations in our head or by hand and used carbon paper to make copies. We used telephones without buttons or dials and FAX was something you looked up in an encyclopaedia.

We did business with a handshake and trust ,yet somehow it all worked out………

We Survived

as produced in the TNT issue Number 26- April 1998