Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

A SE­NIOR ci­ti­zen is one who was here be­fore "the pill"; be­fore tele­vi­sion, frozen food, credit cards and ball­point pens.

For us, time shar­ing means "to­geth­er­ness" not a com­puter term where a "chip" is not a piece of wood.

Hard­ware meant hard­ware; soft­ware was not even a word. Teenagers never wore slacks. We were here be­fore panty- hose, drip-dry clothes, dish­wash­ers, clothes dry­ers and elec­tric blan­kets.

We got mar­ried first, and then lived to­gether.

Girls wore "Peter Pan" col­lars and thought cleav­age was some­thing butch­ers did.

We were here be­fore Bat­man, vi­ta­min pills and dis­pos­able nap­pies, QEII, Jeeps, piz­zas and in­stant coffee.

Ken­tucky Fried wasn't even thought of.

In our day, cig­a­rettes were fash­ion­able, "grass" was some­thing to be mowed and "pot" was some­thing you cooked in.

A "gay" per­son was the life and soul of a party and noth­ing else.

"Aids" meant beauty lo­tions or help for some­one in trou­ble.

We are to­day's se­nior cit­i­zens – a hardy bunch when you think of how the world has changed and all the ad­just­ments we have had to make. Name and ad­dress sup­plied.

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