I remember when paper bags were being blamed for the destruction of trees -- and plastic bags were the solution.
I remember when "Law and Order" was a political campaign slogan and not a television program.
I remember when the name "Starbuck" was a fictional character in the 1970's TV series Battlestar Galactica and not associated with a coffee company.
I remember when a hashtag was called a pound sign (and we played tic-tac-toe on it!).
I remember when you had to get up to change the TV channel, and when TV broadcasting ended for the day at midnight and didn't resume until 7:00 AM.
I remember when Elvis died, when John Lennon died, when Bing Crosby died, and when disco died.
I remember when there wasn't MTV and music was played on 8-Track tapes.
I remember when cartoons were only aired on television during Saturday mornings.
I remember when homes didn't have microwave ovens, and cars lacked air conditioning.
I remember when the voting age in America was lowered from 21 to 18.
I remember rotary phones, 45 records, and using typewriters.
I remember life before computers, before video games, before cell phones, and before the Internet.
I'm older than many restaurants -- including Wendy's, Subway and Domino's. I'm also older than health warnings on cigarette packages; the passage of the U.S. National Minimum Drinking Age Act; the Super Bowl; and, the creation of Post-It Notes. During my life, ten U.S. Presidents have come and gone, man walked on the moon, and Medicare and Medicaid were created.
Even with all of those facts, I still don't consider my age of 55 as "old" -- even though I was born just six years after Hawaii and Alaska became a part of the United States.
Finally, I remember when I prayed for the things I now have.