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THE GREEN THING, GOOD ONE FOR OUR MILLENNIALS, AND SOCIALIST DEMOCRATS TO READ.

The Green Thing

A somewhat “older” woman was at a checkout stand in a supermarket The helpful, young cashier suggested that the older woman should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The older 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 the same bottles could be used hundreds of times. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, which we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our graffiti. Then we were able to personalize our books without vandalizing them. 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 throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling 240-volt machine. 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 each 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 in outer space, in order to find the nearest burger joint. But we didn’t have the green thing back then
But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were, just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

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