The Green Thing

29 Sep

The Green Thing

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

The woman apologised to him and explained,”We didn’t have the green thing back in my day,”

The clerk responded,”That’s our problem today.Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right— our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

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 that 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.

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 the clothes.

Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,not always brand-new clothing.

But that old 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 Queensland.

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 a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then we didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol 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 tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums 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 shop

But isn’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then.


Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


11 responses to “The Green Thing

  1. Sue Dreamwalker

    October 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Great Post here Emu… all true… and it brings it home just how wasteful we are today…. The Nappies/ Diapers I had the cloth type for my children, and they washed up all snowy white.. I think mums had a system going, the soak bucket, washed and aired ones .. And the used Milton steralising solution poured into the soak bucket helped bring the whiteness back..
    With being a newish gran, it took me a while to get used to the throw away ones my grandaughter has… I would put them on back to front LOL.. And What an expense… for any young family. But the young parents looked at me gone out when I wanted to buy them the fabric kind… And told me no thanks we are having the throw away ones.. They told me They were Old fashioned..
    I just wonder how much money they would have saved though along with the amount of Trees?

  2. natswans

    October 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Good points Ian crikey never really looked at it as close as that. They are soon to charge for plastic bags here a few pence. Have a good day Sheila 🙂

    • The Emu

      October 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Thanks girl , appreciate that comment , we have gone from plastic to cloth here now
      But everytime we go shopping we forget the bags so end up buying a new bag
      Now we have a collection of bloody bags , lol
      Hope you are well girl and enjoying a beautiful week

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        October 5, 2011 at 9:43 pm

        Hi Emu.. thats me too.. forget the bags alot.. and end up buying another .. 🙂

        • The Emu

          October 6, 2011 at 10:06 am

          Bloody Ana has now started collecting the damn things much like someone collecting spoons

  3. Lady Jude

    October 2, 2011 at 12:00 am

    You’ve made a few excellent points there Emu….

    • The Emu

      October 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

      Pretty pertinent points I think Lady Jude when the younger generation point the finger
      at old farts like me , hope you had a great weekend girl and send you a big hug

  4. Rosemary Monteith

    September 30, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Love this Emu, and very true

    • The Emu

      September 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      I thought it was worth posting when I first saw it
      and as you say Rosemary , so true

  5. prenin

    September 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Oh how true!!! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      September 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      Very true mate , thats for sure


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