The Green thing…..

I saw this and had to share…..

“Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
The woman apologized to the young girl 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 for future generations.”

The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
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 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 school books. 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 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 blade in a r azor 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 in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” 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 ass young person.

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much. ”

Maybe the answer isnt taxes upon taxes upon restrictions…..maybe the answer is stepping back from technology and get more involved with life,…..



23 Responses

  1. Chan Chong Chan Chong says:

    Jason Smith Nicole Cross

  2. Dave M. Kool Dave M. Kool says:

    Good copy/paste job. Very poignant. Changed my life.

  3. Jim Sterling Jim Sterling says:

    Back in their day the imprisoned japanese citizens because human rights can be revoked. They also had blacks in chains and in the feilds. Lol the old days are not quite as charming to everyone. Ask a black man if he’d like to step in a time machine and see the *Good ol days* haha.
    Just saying.

  4. The older lady should have done some research and showed the young twit that those reusable bags are just as resource intensive and do as much damage to the environment as the paper bags.

  5. Love it, Life was hard but simple back then.

  6. Why does this story consistently come up when we shouldn’t be dividing people into two categories… we are all responsible for helping the planet and we can only do things now. Cant go back in time .. not yet anyways !

  7. Back in my day we had Soylent Green. Om nom nom.

  8. Lyn Hessels Lyn Hessels says:

    Back in the day we weren’t “green” and we didn’t pollute as much but that’s still no reason to not do what you can do NOW to stop things from getting worse. Being from a generation that had a smaller eco footprint isn’t a free ticket to be irresponsible now. I get the message of the post but it’s still the responsibility of EVERYONE
    to do their part.

  9. Cassie House Cassie House says:


  10. Gail Nielsen Gail Nielsen says:

    bottom line plastic kills the planet

  11. Did we just get spammed?

  12. Maja Black Maja Black says:

    Nora Yaghi it is on a few sites. You can copy and paste from here, you don’t need the original post 🙂

  13. What we should take from this is that maybe we should go back to some of the old ways. Plastic bags are bad then why aren’t we going back to paper bags and plastic is bad then why are we not going back to glass. I mean it seems simple for some things.

  14. Amen from not an old person

  15. This is an old story. No matter what history and the present has brought us, we’re all responsible to help out with changes.

    Should a younger person be lecturing and condescending to the older person? No! Maybe politely say there are options and plastic bags are charged for.

  16. Andrew Gregg Andrew Gregg says:

    The story makes a valid point…

  17. Scott Gill Scott Gill says:

    Back in the day they used asbestos for almost everything, lead paint, pcb and leaded gasoline and who knows what other carcinogens for almost everything.

    She’s absolutely right . Back in the day they didn’t have “The Green thing”

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