Being Green

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by thunder, May 9, 2013.

  1. thunder

    thunder Well-Known Member

    Being Green...

    Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the 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."

    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
    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 we didn't 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 didn't do the green thing back then.

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

    Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the
    throwaway kind. 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.

    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. 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.

    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
    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.

    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 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.

    But 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?

    Please pass this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson
    in conservation from a smart erse young person...

    We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to
    tick us off.