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No Green Thing

April 25, 2017

received this e-mail from a friend from the golf course #Trafalgar, thought it worthy of printing.


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 & 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 street car 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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