Gen­er­a­tion Gap

Evergreen - - Summer 2018 -

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!”

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