You Know That You Are Older

Chocolate Can Kill (Emily Harris Mysteries) by Annie Acorn

Also available for NOOK!

Those of you who follow this blog regularly know that I often write from the viewpoint of a tired older woman.  I have referred to the date of my birth as a national day of mourning.  This week, though, I have felt even older as my birthday approached.

Where did this past year actually go?  If anyone amongst you can find it and return it, let me know.  Finally, I decided to sit down and analyze what exactly it was that was making me feel so much older, and the following is what I came up with:

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember that the colors in the early ‘50s were aqua and violet.

You Know That You’re Older –

When your groom wore a leisure suit.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the date on which Elvis died, and he was your first crush before he went off with the army.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you grew up middle class, and your house didn’t have air conditioning.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you listened to forbidden party line conversations during your naptime.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you owned an original hula hoop.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you watched Howdy Doody live on TV.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you learned to drive in a Mercury Monterey that had a push button transmission.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you actually did walk to school some distance through the snow.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you owned an original Ginny doll.

You Know That You’re Older –

When the only Nancy Drew versions available when you read them were the originals.

You Know That You’re Older –

When Eisenhower was president when you entered grade school.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember five digit phone numbers.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the taste of Hostess cupcakes before all of the chemical additives.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you spent summer evenings watching Sputnik fly over your house.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you watched Ed Sullivan introduce the Beatles to America.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you wore saddle shoes to grade school.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the introduction of the zip code.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the McDonald’s sign showing they had just sold their one millionth hamburger.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you learned to type on a black Underwood typewriter with a cloth ribbon, and both them were state of the art.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you watched the first episode of Laugh-In as an adult.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the first season when all the TV shows were in color.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember Colonel Sanders as a young man.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember road trips without credit cards.

You Know That You’re Older –

When your mother wore an apron over a dress whenever she cooked.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the Jolly Green Giant as nothing more than a sprout.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you went to see The Sound of Music’s debut on a date as a teenager.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you hooked your first pair of hose to a garter belt.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you danced the Twist and thought it was cool.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you drank Metracal to lose weight.

You Know That You’re Older –

When your neighbor owned  a brand new DeSoto.

You Know That You’re Older –

When your dad almost bought a brand new Edsel.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you watched Fess Parker play Davy Crockett live on TV every week.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you remember the first Tupperware ever.

You Know That You’re Older –

When your family thought a Sunday afternoon drive was a treat.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you can multiply a four digit number by a four digit number in your head.

You know That You’re Older –

When you can remember when $.19 per gallon for gas was considered to be high priced.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you noted Nixon’s five o’clock shadow as he debated John Kennedy live on TV.

You Know That You’re Older –

When your grade school class discussed the Cuban Missile Crisis while it was ongoing.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you can remember the Vietnam War all the way through.

You Know That You’re Older –

When you stop worrying about having another birthday and are just grateful!

Now, did I hear someone say that they had found that lost year?

Annie Acorn

A Tired Older Woman: Loses Weight and Keeps It Off! by Annie Acorn

Also available in print A Tired Older Woman: Loses Weight and Keeps It Off!
and for NOOK!

This entry was posted in age and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

15 Responses to You Know That You Are Older

  1. Bobbie says:

    Oh no, I’m mostly older too. But so glad for a other year as well. Let me know if a lost year gets found, I seem to have lost this past one as well. Again, Happy Birthday!

  2. Vladimir says:

    Hi Annie!
    I know that I’m older when I remind myself that I clearly remember time without cell phones, CD-s, cable TV, color TV, … i could say internet, but that came much later,… cold war etc.
    Still, I hope that you already know, that you are as old as you feel you are.

  3. Nancy Lauzon says:

    LOL, fabulous, you old hag (kidding). I was mourning the loss of Davy Jones yesterday, and some youngun said ‘Who?’ Argh, the agony! He was the Justin Bieber of my time.
    Nancy Lauzon recently posted..Book Launch Party Day #2My Profile

    • Annie says:

      Nancy – I know. There’s nothing like that simple one word question when it comes to making me feel older! Annie

  4. I know I’m older because I remember life before computers and cell phones.
    Great list, thank you!
    haris ioannides recently posted..Books on religious satire….My Profile

  5. Maribeth says:

    Loved this post Annie, brought back so many memories. I liked the last line the best, “When you stop worrying about having another birthday and are just grateful!” I have learned to be grateful for my blessings over the years, all of them, good and bad. Never wish away the joy of living another day, another year-another birthday. Enjoy life and live it to the fullest! Thanks for the post.
    Maribeth recently posted..Power beyond the Power RangersMy Profile

  6. Maureen says:

    Wow, hasn’t this brought back memories. Okay, I didn’t own a Ginny doll. I’ll have to Google that one. Remember the first tv that was the size of a dinner plate? I remember the 5-digit phone but there was a word in front of it. TRinty 2-9576. I’ll never forget it. 🙂
    Maureen recently posted..Lemon Filled Blueberry Muffins To Save the ChildrenMy Profile

    • Annie says:

      Maureen – Your TV screen was the size of a dinner plate? Ours was only the size of a saucer! The mahogany cabinet, though, was the size of the chest of drawers in my parents’ bedroom. The good news was that I could still see the picture without wearing tri-focals! Annie

  7. Karen says:

    Good morning Annie and I’m going to Say Happy Belated Birthday, because it has probably passed by now 🙂
    I remember so many of those, but being born in 58, I don’t remember watching Howdy Doody. I watched Sheriff John and Captain Kangaroo! So “Put another candle on your birthday cake” Leave the lost year lost and enjoy the new one. Wishing you a wonderful year filled with hope, love, surprises, and wonder!
    Karen recently posted..Mistakes, Reviews, Edit!My Profile

    • Annie says:

      Karen – What a lovely surprise to find in my comment box! I’m glad the post brought back memories for you as well. Annie

  8. Coco says:

    Annie,
    I loved your post and thought I would add to “You know that you are Older”
    You know that you are g older when every thing begins to hurt.
    Coco recently posted..provillus reviewMy Profile

    • Annie says:

      Coco – I glad you enjoyed the post! I’m still laughing at your suggestions – all too true! Come again! Annie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

CommentLuv badge