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THE GREEN 'THING'


Monday, May 02, 2011

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

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former
generation did not care enough to save our environment."
He was right, the older generation didn't have the 'green thing' in it's day.

Back then, they returned their 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, they didn't have the 'green thing' back in that customer's day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didn't climb into a 300 horsepower machine every time they had to go two
blocks!

But, she was right, they didn't have the 'green thing' in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the
throw away kind. They 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 wore hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always
brand new clothing.

But the old lady was right, they didn't have the 'the green thing' back in her day.

Back in her day, they had one TV, or radio in the house, not a TV in every
room~and the TV had a screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen
the size of Montana . In the kitchen, they stirred and blended by hand
because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you.

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

Back then, they didn't 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 didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
operate on electricity.

But, she was right, they didn't have the 'green thing' back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty,
not out of plastic cups or bottles every time they had
a drink of water.

They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying 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 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 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 didn't
need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satelites, 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 the old folks
were, just because they didn't have the 'green thing' back then?















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