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    So it's the older generations fault?

    Received this in my email. I'm going to use these remarks next time a save the earth because we are smarter then you were, gets in my face again.


    The "Green" Thing

    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."

    He 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 old 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 young person.


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    Had read this before in an email someone sent me and it is SO TRUE!!!! I'm one of those old people who didn't have the green thing so it's all my fault!

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    I've seen this one also. I too, am of the non-green generation who lived like my grandkids do now when their priviledges are taken away...no computer, no T.V. no phone, no video games, no soda pop, no candy, no gum. It is amazing that any of us survived such a "deprived" up-bringing. We made do with what we had and fixed things up and passed them on, we just didn't know we were recycling.

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    Love it! When I think of all the work my poor Mom did just to get the laundry done......

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    I am also 1 of those old people.How did we survive?How did my kids make it,they played outside,made mud pies ate some of it.rode in car with no seat belt or safety seat,1 tv when we finally got it,then someone had to go outside and turn the antenna till someone inside said okay.Bought groceries once a week.Of course I remember as a child we lived in the country and my Mama bought them once a month.My GM drawed water from the well on the back porch.I don`t know how I got to be an older person since I was so deprived.

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    Love this. We were definitely green back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by It'sJustMe View Post
    Love this. We were definitely green back then.
    Same here...just didn't realize how "green" we were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1942 View Post
    I am also 1 of those old people.How did we survive?How did my kids make it,they played outside,made mud pies ate some of it.rode in car with no seat belt or safety seat,1 tv when we finally got it,then someone had to go outside and turn the antenna till someone inside said okay.Bought groceries once a week.Of course I remember as a child we lived in the country and my Mama bought them once a month.My GM drawed water from the well on the back porch.I don`t know how I got to be an older person since I was so deprived.
    We had an outhouse and we had to carry our drinking water in and carry the waste out. We lived on a farm, 10 miles from town and it was a treat to go to town.

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    I have never seen this email before & I love it. Please let's not forget the paper boy that walked or rode a bicycle from house to house, not someone driving a car throwing your paper out. Also the sweet mail carriers that walked all day in all kinds of weather, never a mail truck back then. Thank you so much for sharing. Now I have a few people to send this to.

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    Well back in my day, the cashier had to know how to count money back, there were no credit cards, no debit cards, etc. Most people paid in cash, and got change. My Mom did not have an automatic clothes washer, she had one of those wringer washers, I guess that is what they were called. And the clothes hung on the line to dry. I have no idea how we survived all this we were certainly not green and from the perspective of others we were certainly deprived! But...back in those days, our children played in the streets and had fun with others. They did not stay inside playing some game on the television all day. I am not so sure we are better off in this "green world" ....
    Amythyst

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    Love this!
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    This is great and very true!

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    I, too, lived in the time we recycled and didn't know it. I was 17 before I ate in a "cafe" and had a store bought dress when I was 14. Helped my mother do laundry with the wringer washer and hung clothes outside to dry. How did we do it??????

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    It's sad, the younger generation thinks us older folks are so behind times, I try to tell my grandchildren what they have missed out on and they look at me like I'm nuts.
    Lynda

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    Thank You for posting this 'Green Thing'. I received it from the local recycling center, read it and threw it in the recycle bin. Afterwards I thougt...there is a good sermon in there...and wanted to pass it along to our minister. Thanks again.

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    We recycled when recycling wasn't cool. Now with the flimsy recycling they do today they feel like they are saving the planet. Some progress is good, some isn't. We didn't need "green ways" then as we didn't abuse the planet like now days. I grew up in the 50s and remember all the above.
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    The 50's society will never be again, at least until the world starts over from scratch again.
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    All the things stated above. To the current generation. Take a look at yourselves first before judging us.

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    Preachin' to the choir girl. I hear ya.They don' know what hard times are either.

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    So true - I sent this to a "30 something" that is always promoting recycling to the older generation.

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    Boy, this is great. I printed it our. And yes, I am one of those old people who didn't grow up with thee green thing.

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    oh geez. do not let my dad see this or I will never hear the end of how I would've died growing up when they did! And of course, while reading this, I'm thinking of the tv (only 1 in my house!) on downstairs, the lights on in my room as well as the radio and of course my plugged in laptop and now I'm feeling guilty! But we do use tote bags and cardboard boxes for groceries so those get reused
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    I guess I kind of fall into the older generation when it comes to reusing items. My mom tells me that she actually had a dryer when I was a baby and not when my brothers were. I do remember hanging cloths out to dry and playing outside all the time. My dad did turn in used beer bottles to get money back and we always rode our bikes to go to friends houses. Then I turn around and see how my kids are growing up and wish that the simple times where here for them to enjoy like I had. They do not sit in front of the TV as much and others and are limited to how much video games are played. I try to get them outside as much as possible but not a lot of others out there to play with now days. We do recycle a lot of items in the house and try very hard to reuse bags. I rarely get plastic bags anymore, carry my own. My kids know and enjoy the idea of hand me downs and can not wait to see what I can create from old clothes. So my kids may not live in the simple times like I had, but they are not growing up in a total "Green" age like others are. I hope they are learning that they do not have to go out and buy everything new and then get rid of it when they are done with it. And one key fact that life does not stop when there is no electricity!!!
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    There were 8 of us kids & we didn't have a "dishwasher" - we were the "dishwashers"

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