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Posted on: Oct 23, 2011 at 03:35
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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
day.

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 handkerchief, 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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