We didn’t have the green thing back in our day

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We didn’t have the green thing back in our day

by April Foulks (Notes) on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 12:29am

Anyone over the age of 35 should read this as I copied this from a friend ..

Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

I 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 about one thing –our generation didn’t have the green thing in “Our” day.

So what did we have back then…? After some reflection and soul-searching on “Our” day here’s what I remembered we did have….

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 repeatedly. 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 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 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 post this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty-pants young person can add to this.


Ya know! and another thing we mixed Koolaid and sugar and squeezed real oranges and lemons to make things to drink. Not buy plastic bottles or cans that litter our land and oceans Especially our oceans with those plastic can attachments holders that kill so many marine animals and fish. We got an allowance because we had chores to do and we did them and did them well or we knew what we’d get… Not a pill to keep us manageable either.–Kimberlee Renslow


We also learned how to grow our own food…


We didnt have as much “junk” mail, so not as many trees had to die. instead of using air conditioning we always had fans and screened windows to cool our house, we got down on our hands and knees and pulled weeds instead of using a weed eater or whacker, there was NEVER the question of “paper or plastic?”! it was paper or …. carry it all in your arms. we didnt bag up our lawn clippings in the summer or the leaves in autumn we raked it all to the curb at the end of the lawn and burned it or turned it into the stuff that is soooo expensive to buy called MULCH for around our shrubs n bushes or into compost for our own smallish gardens where we grew the best and freshest veggies and some fruits that didnt have any pesticides or anything else sprayed on them except for good ole fashioned water and it was a helluva lot cheaper than buying “organic” stuff today, instead of going to the car wash up the street (cuz practically every corner has them now) we washed our vehicles by hand at home and it became “family time” trees were planted to provide shade to help keep places cool we didnt “pave paradise to put in a parking lot”!!! obviously i could go on and on but its way past this “old geezer’s” bedtime ;} — Maggi Hashman


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