How Old Is Grandpa??

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’

There were no:

‘credit cards’

‘laser beams’

‘ball-point pens’

Man had not invented:

‘air conditioners’


‘clothes dryers’

‘and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and

‘man hadn’t yet walked on the moon

Your Grandmother and I got married first, . . . and then lived together.

Every family had a father and a mother.

Our lives were governed by the Holy Quran & Hadith.

We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take responsibility for our actions.

We thought fast food was what people ate during office timings.

Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins.

Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends.

We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings.

If you saw anything with ‘Made in Japan ‘ on it, it was junk.

Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and instant coffee were unheard of.

Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel.

In my day:

”grass’ was mowed,

”coke’ was a cold drink,

”pot’ was something your mother cooked in and

”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.

No wonder people call us ‘old and confused’ and say there is a generation gap.

and how old do you think I am?


I bet you have an old man in mind……and you are in for a shock!

I am just 59 years old. !!


34 Responses to How Old Is Grandpa??

  1. mamoona naz October 21, 2013 at 7:25 PM #

    Moral values are important than any invention or materialistic progress in all times and ages.

  2. nishath September 7, 2013 at 9:41 PM #

    I would rather answer we had different issues to deal with.. Drugs was prevalent from time immemorial in India – Hafim or opium or whatever was used through so many kingdoms and generations.
    Communication has indeed developed from leaps and bounds. I only feel proud that we who grew up with out these benefits not only have become adept with it, are lucky to use them and it is a pride that we have adapted to it really well.

  3. bashar July 31, 2013 at 4:16 PM #

    I dont think this is true or the article if very old
    As TV was invented in late 1930 and On 2 November 1936 the BBC began transmitting the world’s first public regular high-definition service from the

    and penicilin is by June 1945, over 646 billion units per year were being produced.[30]

    so that make him around 70s

    And i dont have time for checking rest of items

  4. skybeen April 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM #

    Alas ! we have lost alot…..our generation is going away from real pleasures of life……

    they dont knw how to seek the peace……and how they may ?????…..the have opened eyes in mechanical reign……..they know nothing about the requires of soul

    thank you sara for the heart touching post……

    jazakALLAH o khair

  5. Waseem April 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM #

    He must be 79 not 59. I think he has forgotten his age..

    • Ali - Admin April 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM #

      Result of oldage ..lol

  6. mohan kodange March 31, 2013 at 6:12 PM #

    ERROR… imported contact lenses were available in Delhi in 1962. Probably much earlier in The USA. Type writers were sold commercially as far back as 1860, Used in offices in offices and homes 1900 onwards. Many office buildings including the New York stock exchange were Air conditioned in 1910. My Dad owned an air conditioned Desoto (American car) in 1958,

  7. mohan kodange March 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM #

    60 years ago air conditioners were there. My Dad had an air conditioned Desoto (car)

  8. Shermaka July 9, 2011 at 6:11 AM #

    i fully agree with the story narrated by you. i am one of the grandpa who have personally experienced what is stated in the story. if you go only 50 years back all the electronic items were not there. sher ahmed maka    

  9. Mmkzia July 9, 2011 at 5:44 AM #

    Good story throwing light on genration gap. Some points given in the story are really eye opener for new generation. Thanks 

  10. The-great-ace July 8, 2011 at 7:35 AM #

    I dunno if the story supposed to carry a meaningful moral or it was a joke with the punching line “I am just 59 years old”

    though, good way in the narration.

  11. Fathimabintabdurrahman July 8, 2011 at 5:30 AM #

    i swear .
    my fader even hates listening to the love affair stories dat is soooo common nowadays. it is a trend to have a grl/boy frnd nd change dem d way u wear ur underclothes….’:|

    • Syed A K Ahmed March 31, 2013 at 10:29 PM #

      even the short form of words which you use in your comments may not have existed at those GOOD old days

  12. junedayz July 8, 2011 at 1:46 AM #

    HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH i thought he was like 200 sth…nice one

    aahhh….my parents always tell me that life before all this tech was simple…i actually do wish i can experience it…

    but no man EVER walkd on the moon or stepped foot…since when does the moon have an atmpsphere for air and wind to exist to wave a flag…its all fuury tales….not even fairy tales…

  13. Heba July 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM #

    It’s very nice
    I thought he is more than 100 years old

  14. Abier July 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM #

    This is a very very nice story, that gives us a nice lesson. Everything is changing fast, and people are getting more and more “freedom” as they call it, but I don’t think that it’s freedom it’s something else, and I actually don’t know what to call it … But though I hope that SOME people will not stop having the good habits!

    By the way, there’s still no man who has walked on the moon, it’s just a big fat lie ;)Thanks for a good lesson Sara – keep it up 🙂

  15. Säjið Säðique July 7, 2011 at 6:52 PM #

    Gutch One!! 😀

  16. Goldypearl July 7, 2011 at 1:29 PM #

    Yes, it’s true habits, trades ,the world are changing very fast. Maybe for the best

    maybe for the worst , but what is most important is not to forget ourselves and be

     awake, wise with all the evolution and development we have nowadays.

  17. Hussain R Haji July 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM #

    Dear Sara,  you are wounderfull, I admire all your counsel, thought and advises. it can be an educational path and chanel even to the new generation provided they read them. keep up sending us such advises. thank you

  18. shahnawaz July 7, 2011 at 11:51 AM #

    Good work____________i think dis d story and in story for lighting d moral of d story we can give any age… 

  19. Haider Ali786 July 7, 2011 at 10:32 AM #

    I m agree with Humayundaud and Sara keep it up and thanks for sharing

  20. Humayundaud July 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

    Dear Sara,

    Really nice, true and eye opening article 🙂

    However, Im finding some issues in your emailing system. For each new item added to this blog, I get two different emails. 1 telling about the article and other telling that there is plus one more. Kindly avoid this and send only one email for one article added.

    Thank you,

    • Ali July 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM #

      Dear Humayun, We are sorry for the inconvenience. But to resolve this issue
      please unsubscribe and subscribe again. Inshallah it will solve the problem.

  21. Hasan Alzahrani July 7, 2011 at 8:39 AM #

    is really very Painful.

    • To ut July 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM #

      yé akhi m’3ammer imté ter7il wé t’reyye7na?

    • To ut July 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM #

      yé akhi m’3ammer imté ter7il wé t’reyye7na?

  22. Gaddafi July 7, 2011 at 8:36 AM #

    i thought this guy was an oldie……….near 100 years old.

  23. Laiqullah July 7, 2011 at 8:35 AM #

    very true!!!!!!

  24. Eloseryi July 7, 2011 at 8:20 AM #

    Dear Sara
    I used to follow your emails with apreciation and enjoyment. in the meantime I tell its contents to my children and grandchildren.
    However, in your message How old Grandpa; why you mentioned “Our lives were governed by the Holy Quran & Hadith.”? Muslims are still following Quran and Hadith as the model for their ritual worship and morals. However, why you didn’t eg say the Bible instead!!!!
    With my regards

    • Humayundaud July 7, 2011 at 9:03 AM #

      Dear Ibrahim,

      If all the muslims would have been following the true teachings of Holy Quran and Hadith then Muslims would have not been facing so much difficulties all around the world as they are facing today.

      Most Respectfully,

      • Nouhnlijn July 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM #

        best reply for him

    • Syed A K Ahmed March 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM #

      Quran and Bible were both the words of The Almighty Allah. But Al-Quran is pure and never altered (not even a single word, letter or even a dot changed) by the man

  25. Eloseryi July 7, 2011 at 8:19 AM #

    It is bad to say in” How old Grandpa”: Our lives were governed by the Holy Quran & Hadith.? Muslims are still following Quran and Hadith as the model for their ritual worships and morals. However, why you didn’t eg say the Bible instead!!!!With my regardsIbrahim

  26. Shamshadjafri July 7, 2011 at 8:15 AM #

    I am unable to get a message of this story.