A little note worth sharing…

15 Mar

This little story came to us the other day and we thought we’d share it with all of you…

“In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that 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.”

That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every 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’t have the throw-away kind. They 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, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they 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 pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut 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 club to 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 of using 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 they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole 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 to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they 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 that old lady is right. They didn’t have the green thing back in her day.”

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4 Responses to “A little note worth sharing…”

  1. Jill McKeever March 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    BRAVO! I love it! I’m passing this along to all my friends.

  2. KDC March 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    All these things were meant to be “convenience” items. Maybe our lives have become a little too convenient. Besides, have these “things” given us any more time to do good and right and helpful things? Or do we use the extra time supposedly gained doing vain and wasteful things? God have mercy.

  3. Vicki Scott March 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    I was born in the early 50’s and I grew up without the green thing. It was so much better than the world we live in today. We had cleaner air to breath, more time to enjoy the simpler things in life, and less waste of precious resources. Today the green thing is a must do on a list of daily chores! Please do your share! 🙂

  4. Jay D March 26, 2011 at 11:15 pm #

    This is a great article – great observations of back in my day too…

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