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Posted by on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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Being Green

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 young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or 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 truely 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 smartass young person.
Being Green

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 young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or 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 truely 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-alec young person.

 

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Now this, I can get behind!

PurdueMom
by Sherri on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Now this, I can get behind!

Me, too!

We are a couple of old geezers, I guess.  lol

Sherri

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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM
Lol, all good and true
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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:33 PM
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Quoting PurdueMom:


Quoting FromAtoZ:

Now this, I can get behind!

Me, too!

We are a couple of old geezers, I guess.  lol

Now, now, we are not quite as old as the woman in the photo.  We still have a few good years left in us! lol

But in all seriousness, I hear, too often, that the past generations simply did not care.

How people can say that, with a straight, face, while they sit on their lap top, with their cell in their hand, watching their 60" screen television and eating out of styrofoam....amazes me. lol

~*~Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Middle age is when you're forced to.~*~

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:36 PM

 Agreed.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Lol, all good and true

 

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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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Totally right. Old people are perfect and young people are assholes who dont know anything.
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Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

 "Green" nazis drive me crazy.

NWP
by guerrilla girl on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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I really miss glass bottles with the deposit. As a kid, gathering those bottles and turning them in was a lucrative business.

Aluminum cans just do not offer the same return for time investment as the old glass bottles.

Naughty Wittle Puppy

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM
We lived near a beer distributer who did this well into the 80's

We always did the glass bottles :-)


Quoting NWP:

I really miss glass bottles with the deposit. As a kid, gathering those bottles and turning them in was a lucrative business.

Aluminum cans just do not offer the same return for time investment as the old glass bottles.

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canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jan. 1, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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We can return beer bottles and cans for the deposit and in my dad's province they can return almost any beverage container, from juice boxes, beer and pop cans and bottles, alcohol bottles including the little airplane size. We give them all our empties and they put all that money into a special account for the grand kids.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

We lived near a beer distributer who did this well into the 80's



We always did the glass bottles :-)




Quoting NWP:

I really miss glass bottles with the deposit. As a kid, gathering those bottles and turning them in was a lucrative business.

Aluminum cans just do not offer the same return for time investment as the old glass bottles.

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