Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Some have enjoyed reminiscing about the good old days. You might like this.
The green Thing
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags werenít good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, ďWe didnít have the green thing back in my day.Ē
Thatís right, they didnít have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didnít have the green thing back her day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didnít have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But sheís right. They didnít have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the babyís diapers because they didnít have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts Ė 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 old lady is right, they didnít have the green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house Ė not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didnít have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded
up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didnít fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didnít need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But sheís right, they didnít have the green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didnít have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didnít 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 that old lady is right. They didnít have the green thing back in her day.
OMG Ė that was MY day too!
Friday, March 25, 2011
All of you were in agreement with my blog "Did you get caught with your hand in the cookie jar". thus encouraging me to write another blog using some of your comments.
Back in the good old days when you had to walk to the toilet, draw water out of the well and carry it into the house, wash the clothes on a scrub board then a machine with a roller after the which you hung them out by hand you got plenty of exercise. The sheets smelled so good but now they wouldn't smell that good with all the pollution around. I loved to cook back then and I cooked while the rest of the family worked out of doors in the garden
Then there was the shelling of peas, breaking up green beans, etc., etc.
Canning hundreds of jars of good food for the winter.
Picking the worms off the plants. Yuck.
Everyone worked, washing dishes by hand in the water we heated from the well, dusting on Saturdays, mopping, mowing, etc. We never thought of letting mom do all of the work. She usually had a little one to care for and I was little momma as I was the oldest of the children.
We would rather stay out of doors to play than come in to eat and ate little as we wanted to hurry and get back out of doors.
We had already walked 1/2 mile to school and 1/2 mile back sometimes twice a day.
When I was in the first grade and lived in the country I walked two miles to school.
What was the play we wanted to get back to? We loved to swing in home made swings, play chase, other games, baseball after supper, table tennis, etc.,
All of our play was active. And we would rather do that than eat. Of course back then our food was a lot of beans and potatoes and veggies from the garden.
Our snack and treat for the afternoon after school was an apple when they were in season and we would buy by the bushel, maybe a pear or a peach.
Then we got all the things kids could sit on the couch and play with. TV's, computer games, other games and the treats changed from home made stuff mom made and an apple or if we were lucky a nice pan of pop corn we all shared.
So why do we have more weight problems now?
Why do we battle with the weight?
Is our life style different?
Do we eat a lot of instant food, TV meals, Fast food, Super sized stuff?
We didn't hardly know what a restaurant was for back then.
So I say if we could get out and get active and enjoy it more than we enjoy food we would have no trouble with our weight.
What do you say?
Some of you have already said that.
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