Conservation and Nostalgia
Posted April 3, 2011on:
Got this from a friend and enjoyed it enough to pass on to you as a “remember when” as well as a good lesson in conservation. BB
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman thatplastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The womanapologized to her and explained,“We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”
That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Backthen, they returned their milk bottles, pop bottles and beerbottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant tobe washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottlesover and over. So they really were recycled.
But they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have anescalator in every store and office building. They walked to thegrocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machineevery time they had to go two blocks.
But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.
Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’thave the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in anenergy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solarpower really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothesfrom their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing backin her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV inevery room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizzadish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen,they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electricmachines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragileitem to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushionit, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just tocut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power.They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health clubto run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead ofusing a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and theyreplaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away thewhole razor just because the blade got dull.
But they didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes toschool or rode the school bus or walked, instead of turning theirmoms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outletin a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signalbeamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to findthe nearest pizza joint.
But they didn’t have the green thing back then!