The contrasts between the childhoods of past and present generations prompted Josephine Eaton, from Draycott in Derbyshire, to compose this verse which she thought might raise a wry smile among other Evergreen readers.
Why is Granny so Grumpy?
She says... “We were not like you in our
younger days, We showed our elders respect, We did not loiter on city streets, Nor drink alcohol under- age, We didn’t graffiti, never made noise, We always were truly good girls
and boys. “We did not chase after any Jill,
Jane, or John, We readily stayed at home, We gladly handed our mums our
wage packets, Though we longed for the latest
new clothes, We worked willingly, dressed
modestly, Caused no worry to Mum or to Dad, We were virtuous young people in
those distant days — and life was such a long bore. Now you know why I’m grumpy
and seem forlorn — you young of today have it all!”