Can you remember life before we had the green thing....?

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day." The clerk responded,... show more In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that
she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags
weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the
green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your
generation did not care enough to save our environment."

She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in
its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer
bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant
to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use
the same bottles over and over. So they really were
recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our
day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in
every store and office building. We walked to the grocery
store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every
time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our
day.

Back then, we washed the baby's
Nappies because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes
on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220
volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their
brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that
lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our
day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in
every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a
handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the
state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we
didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a
wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or
plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to
cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human
power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go
to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on
electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back
then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using
a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of
water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen,
and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of
throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got
dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their
bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into
a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of
sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't
need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from
satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the
nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we
old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing
back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a
lesson in conservation from a smartass young person
Update: @ Mulga...I remember those things very well too...particularly the day the thunderbox can was replaced when you hoped like heck that the guy didn't slip on the way to the cart , as happened occasionally ! lol
Update 2: I really must be a dinosuar ,,,,we have ALWAYS had chooks , fruit trees & a veggie garden ...old habits die hard I guess !
Update 3: @ C M C ...Yeah , we have those bags here as well... GREEN bags ! lol
Update 4: @ Mintie..I claim no credit for this but thought it worth posting as a matter of interest...yes , I'm a dinosaur & still have chooks , a decent veggie garden ( credits to my wife ) & hang on dearly to many values long since abandoned by our so called liberated society ..
How about you ?
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