The "GREEN" thing...

Old 08-05-2011, 06:10 AM
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The "Green" Thing- - - - -(being PC means going GREEN)

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags 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. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

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 the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that 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 a wadded up old newspaper 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 smart young person.

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Old 08-05-2011, 06:27 AM
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AMen!:)
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that is do true
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Old 08-05-2011, 06:33 AM
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Boy, this is the truth! I remember leaving the empty milk bottles on the front steps waiting for the milkman to come and exchange them for freshly filled milk bottles. We never watched television - we read, rode bicycles, played kickball with neighborhood kids, etc. No need to be green. No need to worry about childhood obesity. Some things "back then" were healthier. Thanks for sharing
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I remember most all of this too :D:D:D
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Amen to that!
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Old 08-05-2011, 10:49 AM
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The government always cracks me up. First we can't use paper bags, because we're killing all the trees, so they introduce plastic bags, which suck because you can't stand anything up in them.

Then they tell us that the plastic bags aren't good for the environment after making us use them and now tell us that we have to remember to bring these doofy looking bags with us to the store everytime we go. I end up using mine for other things and can never find them when I need them.

The plastic bags however are great for when I need to clean out the cat box.
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So true. Get tired of hearing how bad we treated this old planet.
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Kids now would not survive what we did "back then"! That is why so many "Seniors" are under appreciated. They think we had it easy.
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Originally Posted by Jamiestitcher62
The government always cracks me up. First we can't use paper bags, because we're killing all the trees, so they introduce plastic bags, which suck because you can't stand anything up in them.

Then they tell us that the plastic bags aren't good for the environment after making us use them and now tell us that we have to remember to bring these doofy looking bags with us to the store everytime we go. I end up using mine for other things and can never find them when I need them.

The plastic bags however are great for when I need to clean out the cat box.
LOL!! That's what I do with plastic bags...hate it when they get holes in 'em and you have to double bag!!
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