THINGS YOUR GRANDFATHER WAS DOING BY THE TIME HE WAS YOUR AGE

I read this on the air and broke down cause I realized all 4 of my grandparents are gone. Very powerful stuff here. Hug a grandparent today! – Justin Flores

We live in an age of babies. I’m dead serious. By the time your grandfather was your age — 30 or 40 — he’d already lived 3 lives.

* CIVIL RIGHTS — Your grandfather was dealing with the issue of civil rights, segregation and race relations. No matter what race he was, this was an issue he was no doubt facing. The structure of entire cities, such as Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles, were irreversibly changed because of racial riots that broke out two generations ago.

* HE FIXED HIS CAR BY HIMSELF — Nowadays, when a light comes on the dashboard we automatically take the car to the shop. We never think that we can fix the car by ourselves. With all of the electronics being used today, it’s easy to just leave it to the dealership to fix. Fifty years ago, however, it’s likely that most problems could have been fixed with some grease and a wrench.

* HE HITCHHIKED, OR PICKED UP A HITCHHIKER — In fact, after he left the military he probably did something awesome like hitchhike across the state… or the country.

* HE WAS IN WWII, KOREA, VIETNAM, OR IN DANGER OF BEING DRAFTED — We’re currently dealing with the war on terrorism, but your grandfather had to deal with the war against communism — and the knowledge that if he didn’t join up Uncle Sam would join him up. Today’s solider made the decision for themselves — your grandfather likely had the decision made for him.

* HE SHAVED WITH A STRAIGHT RAZOR — Four blades? Try one single blade, shaped like a knife.

* HE WAS GENUINELY PATRIOTIC — In the 1950s and early 1960s patriotism wasn’t just an idea talked about on Fox News, it was a common sentiment. America was coming off of World War II and there was a large amount of national pride. Rosie the Riveter had cemented the idea that everyone had pitched in and helped the United States win the war. This helped to reinforce a patriotic attitude that your grandfather still holds today.

KIDS ON LOVE

» “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toe nails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” Rebecca- age 8

» “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” Billy – age 4

» “Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.” Karl – age 5

» “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” Chrissy – age 6

» “Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” Terri – age 4

» “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” Danny – age 7

» “Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” Noelle – age 7

» “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” Elaine-age 5

» “Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.” Chris – age 7

» “Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” Mary Ann – age 4

» “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren – age 4

» “You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica – age 8

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