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Green Envy

A Lesson to our Youth
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested  to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags,because plastic bags are not good for the environment.   


The  woman apologized to the  young girl  and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."


The  young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not  care enough to save our environment for future generations."


The  older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the"green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: 


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. 

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags  was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to  ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was  not defaced by our scribbling. Then we  were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do 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" 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 in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." 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 23,000 miles out in space in  order to find the nearest burger 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 ass young person. 


We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smart ass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.





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