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thought this was interesting - green living in the past:

Thursday, April 21, 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 woman 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, that generation didn't have the green thing in its 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 got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not
always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her

Back then, they 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 hankerchief, not a screen the
size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred 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's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

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 their
writing 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 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 satellites 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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  • no profile photo CD4827055
    Did I mention that I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee to read this post and I have read it several times? it is fabulous!!!!
    3537 days ago
    This is SSSOOOOOOO true--thanks for sharing!!!
    3542 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! I remember way back then! LOL The world was alot better and safer back then.
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    3552 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4827055
    wow that was incredible sis, hugssssssssssssssssssss

    I remember them nickel days too LOL

    thanks for sharing my angel
    3557 days ago
    AMEN AND AMEN!!! And we were happier, more active kids, too! Thanks for sharing this....really brought back the memories.
    3559 days ago
  • TWYLA053
    I remember all those things as well. Pop bottles were worth a nickel each and when a kid found one - wow a whole nickel. That was five pieces of gum or candy! Kids don't know what a whippersnapper is, but I can still hear my Grandad referring to young uns that way.
    3559 days ago
    I remember having a box outside our door for milk deliveries in glass bottles. Mom used to make homemade pudding instead of eating it out of snack packs. It tasted so much better! At Halloween my older sister made popcorn balls or taffy to hand out instead of having individually wrapped store-bought candies. We wrapped out sandwiches in waxed paper. We wore sanitary napkins with a belt. We didn't own a TV until I was older, but we listened to radio stories and used our imaginations. We played outside A LOT! We even had a croquet set for the whole family to play outside. At nearly 55, I don't consider myself to be terribly old, but thinking about the difference between then and now makes me realize how much has changed in my lifetime.
    3559 days ago
    If some young whippersnapper chides me for misusing the environment, I'm going to go ballistic and report him to his boss......

    Heh-heh, Take THAT, young whippersnapper!
    3559 days ago
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