Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much olderwoman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bagsweren’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 didnot care enough to save our environment for future generations.”She was right — our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in its day.Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to thestore. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized andrefilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they reallywere recycled.But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused fornumerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the useof brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks. This was to ensurethat public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was notdefaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books onthe brown paper bags.But too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.(There was almost no plastic, our bread came wrapped in waxed paper, which were opened up, cut in squares and used to wrap our sandwiches.And also to keep the irons gliding smoothly over the damp, starched fabric of our clothes)We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store andoffice building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwawaykind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burningup 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in ourearly 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 ourday.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 blendedand stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to doeverything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, weused wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubblewrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cutthe lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised byworking so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills thatoperate on electricity.But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or aplastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing penswith ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in arazor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade gotdull.But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes toschool or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi servicein the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did beforethe “green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entirebank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed fromsatellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burgerjoint.But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folkswere just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson inconservation from a smartass young person…We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to pissus off…especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’tmake change without the cash register telling them how much.
The end !There is so much truth to this, but I for one applaud having a cell phone, permanent press clothes out of the dryer and I love my computer. I do think we could make this a better world if we embraced the ways we each can recycle and keep junk out of the landfill and keep people slimmer and healthier with all the walking. However walking to work wouldn’t be good, unless I lived much closer.So with thanks to an unknown writer and apologies for not being able to credit the right person, I hope you enjoy this and it brings back memories if you are one of the older among us. If you are one of the younger among us, perhaps you can learn something from history, or your elders and stop rolling your eyes, really it worked.Cheers,Shez