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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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