Doin’ the Green Thing

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Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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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 the early days.

The clerk responded, “That’s why we have problems today”. “Your generation didn’t care enough to save our environment for the future generations.”

She was right —  our generation didn’t have the “green thing’ 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 you could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have 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.”

We washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.

The wind dried our clothes.

Kids got hand-me-down clothes.

But that young lady is right.  We didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

We had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. 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

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 hard 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.

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.

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 the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this onto another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from the younger generation.

Remember: Don’t make old people mad!

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


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