21 grandparents who were cooler than their grandkids
"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."
Those words were said by none other than Socrates — some 2,400 years ago! Some things never change: every generation was once young, wild and enjoying life. But once you see this selection of grandparents, and in some cases great-grandparents, you'll quickly consider your life to be rather boring...
1. "My mom sent me a picture of my grandpa at my age. Now, I'm feeling kinda bad about myself."
2. "My great-grandfather gave Einstein violin lessons."
3. "My grandparents switched clothes (1943)."
4. "My grandma in the 1940s."
5. "When my grandpa flew his crop-spraying plane over the field, my grandma would sometimes sit on the wing."
6. A grandmother in the late 1960s — this photo was placed next to her coffin at her funeral. She's now probably enjoying a whisky with Carrie Fisher on the other side.
7. "My grandmother wasn't allowed to fly for the Air Force, because she was a woman. That's why she gave young men flying lessons."
8. "My grandmother shortly after fleeing from Communist Bulgaria to Germany (1978)."
9. "My grandfather the day before he joined the Marines (1941)."
10. "My great-grandfather trained horses for the First World War."
11. "My grandmother as a welder during World War Two."
12. "I want to show you how great my grandpa was."
13. "My great-grandfather Eddie in Omaha, Nebraska in 1939.“
14. "My grandfather diving in 1930."
15. "My granddad defused a bomb in Martin Luther King's porch."
16. "In 1936, my grandma looked like Arya Stark."
17. "My grandpa got first place in a beard contest. The hat was his prize."
18. "My grandmother was a backing singer for Frank Sinatra in 1949."
19. "My grandfather with a cool new haircut and his five tame squirrels."
20. "The world needs to see this picture of my water-skiing granddad."
21. "In 1938, my grandma smoked cigarettes, wore pants and did whatever she wanted."
The youth of today? Whatever. It's all about enjoying life while you still can!