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Being Green

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags werenít good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained,

ďWe didnít have this green thing back in my earlier days.Ē The young clerk responded, ďThatís our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.Ē

She was right ó our generation didnít 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 truely recycled.

But we didnít have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.

But too bad we didnít do the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because we didnít have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didnít climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didnít have the green thing in our day. Back then, we washed the babyís diapers because we didnít have the throwaway kind.

We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts ó wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didnít have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house ó 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 didnít have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didnít 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 didnít need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But sheís right; we didnít 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 didnít 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 didnít need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. But isnít it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didnít have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartyboots young person.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EDDYMEESE 8/28/2013 12:42AM

    Lol, I've read this before. Love it :)

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DALID414 8/27/2013 2:35PM

    I loved covering my books with brown paper bags!

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PDSLIM 8/27/2013 2:21PM

    I still rarely use a clothes drier. & my linens, clothes etc last much longer.

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3016DEBRA 8/27/2013 11:50AM

  Loved that one...thanks for the memories! emoticon

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LINTPICKER 8/27/2013 7:50AM

    ok, why do I feel old now!! emoticon

those young whippersnappers!

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TERRY0217 8/27/2013 6:39AM

    I forgot about the bookcovers!! We were "greener" back in the day...everything you mentioned made life easier and made us work out without realizing it~
Thank you for the trip down memory lane!

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CHIBIKARATE 8/27/2013 3:15AM

    I have been green before it was in as a kid I knew things were not right. love it hugz

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PAMNANGEL 8/27/2013 2:14AM

    We were green before green was in. emoticon

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NAYPOOIE 8/27/2013 2:13AM

    Ah, youth.

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FITANDFIFTY2 8/27/2013 2:05AM

    Oh how very very true!!!! Loved it!

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