Makes you think!
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
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