The Green Thing

Posted on October 7, 2011. Filed under: Environment |


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 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.
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 throw-away 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 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 we old folks were just because
we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation

from a know it all young person.
Remember: Don’t make old people mad.
We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.
#####
Advertisements

Make a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

One Response to “The Green Thing”

RSS Feed for Margot's News & Views Comments RSS Feed

[…] The Green Thing « Margot's News & Views for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn't have this green thing back. in my earlier days She was right — our generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, […]


Where's The Comment Form?

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...

%d bloggers like this: