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The Green Thing: Back in my day…

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 27, 2011 | Categories: Environment, Green

I received this email this morning and loved the satirical tone, in the "green" message, and I thought I'd share it with you.

The Green Thing


In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery  bag 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.  The former generation did not care enough to save our environment." He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: ronnieb from morguefile.com

Back then, they returned their 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 they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's day.

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: mconnors from morguefile.com

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But he was right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
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Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They 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 he is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: cohdra from morguefile.com

Back then, they 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, not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: mconnors from morguefile.com

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: kakisky from morguefile.com

But he's right, they didn't have the green thing back then. They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
 

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: jdurham from morguefile.com

But they 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. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they 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.
 

 The Green Thing: Back in my day...
Photo credit: kconnors from morguefile.com

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks were just because they didn't have the "green thing" back then?

I don't know where this originated from, and would love to give credit to the author… so if you know, please let us know.


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2 Responses to The Green Thing: Back in my day…

  1. Penelope says:

    Those were the days….

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