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"Green Thing" (Actually a walk down "Memory Lane" for some of us!)

Friday, March 28, 2014

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The following is from an e-mail that a friend forwarded to me. I hope you enjoy it.

As always --- emoticon for stopping by!

God bless!

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emoticon ARE YOU "GOING GREEN"? emoticon

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

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

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

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, sterilized, 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. emoticon

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags emoticon , 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. emoticon 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 bag, but we didn't do the "green thing" back then. emoticon

We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. emoticon We walked to the grocery store emoticon 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. emoticon

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers, because we didn't have the throwaway kind. emoticon We dried clothes on a line -- not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- 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 didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. emoticon

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 wadded up old newspapers 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. emoticon 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. emoticon

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

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. emoticon

Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes emoticon to school or walked emoticon instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the "green thing." emoticon

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 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. emoticon emoticon

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? emoticon

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tee us off . . . especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartmouth who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MCJULIEO 4/8/2014 10:34AM

    Really hit the spot!

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SENTERSTOCK 4/1/2014 1:49PM


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SUGARSMOM2 3/31/2014 3:06PM

  yes i remember it all . i am older then the hills . like my kids used to say do you have any of the stuff you bought over with you in the covered wagon ? that is how old i am . old to old to fight smart mouths kids .

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JUSTLYLE 3/30/2014 8:02AM

    Great blog, yes I'm old enough to remember these and a few more. I was raised on the farm right after the depression and at least we did have milk, that we milked our own cows and food with a big garden and orchard. Didn't realize we were poor, all our neighbors were the same.
Thanks for the memories. emoticon

The Ole Farmer Skeeter

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LIGHTNING572 3/30/2014 12:29AM

    Love this, thank you for sharing!

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THEEXERCISER 3/29/2014 5:49PM

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RELISA4HEALTH 3/29/2014 5:48PM

    How true. When I look at all the technology, that is supposed to help us save time, I see it eats away at time, and steals from people the opportunity to connect with friends and family. I see young people caught up with texing and yet, can not hold a conversation one on one.
I remember the paper bags used at the store. I remember my mom using them to cover my school books.

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S73694205 3/29/2014 4:10PM

    It was an invigorating reminder that change is in the eye of the beholder. Thanks.

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SCOTTYDOG76 3/29/2014 1:53PM

    Some of these younger people don't know the meaning of "going green"

They should have grown up at my home!

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/29/2014 1:35PM

    nice thank you

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GARDENQE2 3/29/2014 10:45AM

May I add that those frugal habits we developed while young make it a lot easier to live in comfort on a tiny pension! emoticon

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GRAMMYEAC 3/29/2014 9:34AM

    Great blog!

I agree with most of the comparisons. But I'd sure miss my computer and SparkPeople!

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SHERYLP461 3/29/2014 9:20AM

    Well worth seeing again!!

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CAKAROO 3/29/2014 9:12AM


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NELLJONES 3/29/2014 7:34AM

    I always love seeing people who have giant houses with closets the size of my bedroom all filled with stuff, giant bathtubs, 15 foot ceilings, a million appliances, then put in a bamboo floor and call themselves "green".

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LJCANNON 3/29/2014 6:41AM

    emoticon Sad, but Very True!!!

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CANNINGNANNY 3/29/2014 6:40AM

    Gosh, You sure brought me back...WAY BACK to my childhood...
I remember all of those things.
Even having our milk and bread delivered so we didn't have to go out.

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 3/29/2014 6:06AM


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LADYRH 3/29/2014 6:02AM

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SUSANBEAMON 3/29/2014 1:02AM

  use it up, wear it out, pass it on, or do without.

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GENRE009 3/28/2014 11:48PM

    I agree. but they dilute themselves if they really believe they are trying to save the world, or it's better cause they are doing the green thing. Big manufactures don't care if they pollute, or damage forests, or dump oil in the ocean, or exploit people who work for the ( even if they are from foreign countries on cruise ships). The list go on and on. We act like we don't want to exploit kids in clothing factories, so they starve, but we exploit their parents instead. eva

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ICANINSIGHT 3/28/2014 10:07PM

    Yes! I received this by email last week. It is worth repeating.
Thanks for sharing.

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EMMACORY 3/28/2014 9:56PM

    How true! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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IMREITE 3/28/2014 9:19PM

    i love it. i heard that before and i do laugh a lot when people start talking about "going green" so that is wht they have to throw away things that are not eco-friendly. I dont remember all those options, but i remember hanging up laundry on the line, reusing paper and plastic bags. i foucs on reusing instead of throwing away. i also do not buy new things to match trends- it wastes money and resources.

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MERRYMARY42 3/28/2014 8:59PM

    great blog, and from the response, everyone agrees with me,
I still find myself wiping off tin foil and saving it for reuse, not quite as much as my Mother, but some of those habits are still with me, all for the good

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MARAGRAM 3/28/2014 8:32PM


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LOVETOLAUGH56 3/28/2014 7:43PM

I've seen it before but it's always a good reminder of how we did do that back in the day!

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SPIRITUALBEAR 3/28/2014 7:28PM

    all true and quite correct.

People keep trying to drag me up to date in todays world, when I am quite happy to be in the old days. They ask why?
why dont you have a cell phone
why dont you have a big tv
why dont you use bottled water
and so on

The answers are just as easy as it was for them to ask those questions

I dont want or need those things! I have an old tv that works just fine.
I have a landline that works just fine and it is cheaper to use than a cell phone. Besides, when I leave my house, I dont want every one tracking me down all over town through a stupid phone AND I wont be insulting anyone by rudely answering the phone in the middle of talking with someone.
water...why should I pay for a bottle to hold water when I have a tap with perfectly fine water in it and a glass in my house?

So yes I totally agree with this ....But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.... BUT we also dont have to be sheep and follow the so called "progress" that is pushed upon us either..

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GINNABOOTS 3/28/2014 6:21PM

    I love, love, love your blog. It couldn't have been said better!

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 3/28/2014 5:44PM

  LOVED IT !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BAMAJAM2 3/28/2014 5:31PM

  Oh I remember the brown bag covers for my books!
Your blog gets an A+ and you earn a Gold Star!
This is GREAT!

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LACEYKYLE 3/28/2014 5:31PM

    emoticon I want to put as many "woohoo's" I can fit in this little box but that still wouldn't be enough!! emoticon emoticon

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LOSINGLINNDY 3/28/2014 4:46PM

    So clever. And so true. emoticon

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LISLANDA 3/28/2014 4:23PM

    How is it that this blog is not number one right now? Awesome blog.

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