The Green Thing

Kids today do not have a clue

Ticks Me Off

In the line at the store, the young 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 her 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."

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  the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old  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 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'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 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.