Friday, March 15, 2013

Being Green

by Dianne

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 old woman apologized 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."

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 truly 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 schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. 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 throwaway 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. 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.


Dianne/Denver said...

Think I'll be first today. My hair is a mess as today is hair highlite day.

Hope you all like the blog. I thought it was pretty true. Not much news this morning as I'm not even out of it yet.

Have a nice Spring almost day

Just_Lin said...

Dianne You're not "out of it" yet? LOL Does that mean you haven't opened the wine or what?

You do look quite pretty today even if you aren't out of it and your hair is a tad messy. Then again, that bed-head gives you that come hither look. Louis probably likes that a lot.

Mary/MI said...

Dianne, you are lovely as usual. Now can you pull the hair out of your face. I think some of it is up your nose lol! JK

Justlin, LMAO "Louis probably likes that a lot."
If I was on your screen right now you would prolly run for cover. Not a pretty sight when I get up!
I have showered and shaved so at least I smell good :)
Jim and I will be heading out for another fish fry today. This place you don't have to do the buffet thing. They serve you until you drop lol!
Time to check my farms.....

Just_Lin said...

Mary I like being served.

Dianne/Denver said...

JL...I like bing served too I guess I forgot the word bed on my morning post. Lol.

Do you all recognize me with my pretty color and styled hair? I look different than when I was flying around here this morning. I wonder if Louis recognizes me? Hmmm, could be an interesting night.

Just_Lin said...

Dianne I'm sure Louis finds you just as lovely before and after getting your hair done.