The Green Thing

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  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    THE GREEN THING

    In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should
    bring her own grocery bag because plastic bags weren't good for the
    environment .

    The woman apologized to him and explained,
    "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

    The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.
    The former generation did not care enough to save our environment."

    He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
    Back then, they returned their 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 they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's 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 was 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 handkerchief,
    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 a wadded up old 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 their writing 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 or a bus
    and kids rode their bikes to school or walked
    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 isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks
    were just because they didn't have the green thing back then?
     
  2. Zulu

    Zulu Member

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    Great post ,

    we were talking about this the other day
     

  3. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    I totally agree with everything you wrote except for one item!

    "And they didn't need a computerized gadget" :eek: :shock:

    How would I get my BEEKEEPING FORUMS fix everyday? :beg:
     
  4. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    great post I had to go to facebook and post that on my computer gadget
     
  5. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    lol! All true! :)