The Green Thing

 

Ask Granny was sent this article by one of her thoughtful followers! True and wise……

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older  woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags  weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing  back in my earlier days.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did  not care enough to save our environment for future generations.” 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  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 aplastic 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 computerised  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.

Remember: Don’t make old people like us mad.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to upset us!

juliet

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