When at a store checkout the young cashier suggested to an older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags in future 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 cashier responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save the environment for future generations.” She was right … our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized and refilled so it could use the same bottles over again. Very literally, they really were recycled. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new one … and replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing the whole thing away just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every shop and office building. We walked when we had to go someplace and didn’t climb into a 300 horsepower machine every time we had to travel 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 throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 2200watts … wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in those days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new designer clothing from the mall. We didn’t even have malls, but that young lady was right, neither did we 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, not a giant screen the size of Wyoming. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand be cause 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 polystyrene or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn a gallon of gas 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 and run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank water from a fountain or a tap when we were thirsty, instead of demanding a plastic bottle flown in from another country. We accepted that a lot of food was seasonal and didn’t expect to have out of season products flown thousands of air miles around the world. We actually cooked food that didn’t come out of a packet, tin or plastic wrapping, and even washed our own vegetables and chopped our own salad. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people caught a train or a bus to wherever they were going and kids rode their bikes to school or walked, instead of turning their mothers into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical socket in a room, not an entire bank of plugs to power a dozen appliances … and we 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 place. But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we oldies were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please refer this article to another selfish older person who needs a lesson in conservation from some smart-ass young nosewipe that doesn’t understand life actually existed on earth before they got here. Just remember: You don’t want to make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take an awful lot to piss us off anymore!
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