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The Green Thing

Postby twister » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:40 pm

The Green Thing--You gotta Love This!!!
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 was 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 was 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 smartass young person.

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