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Green Advice From The Young

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At the cash register of the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”

The cashier responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations. You didn’t have the green thing.”

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

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drink 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 recycling. 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 in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every shop 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 nappies 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, not a screen the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 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 post, we used wrapped up old newspapers 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 water from a tap when we were thirsty instead of demanding a plastic bottle flown in from another country. We accepted that a lot of food was seasonal and didn’t expect that to be trucked in or flown thousands of air miles. We actually cooked food that didn’t come out of a packet, tin or plastic wrap and we could even wash our own vegetables and chop our own salad.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, city people took the tram or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers 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 forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.

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7 comments on “Green Advice From The Young

  1. stuffitellmysister
    January 21, 2013

    oh. so. true!!!

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    • Judy
      January 22, 2013

      Yep doesn’t seem so people friendly anymore. No one sends letters or seems to talk face to face. They just text and email. 🙂

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      • stuffitellmysister
        January 22, 2013

        You are so right. And getting a card or a letter is so meaningful and personal! I still enjoy sending cards! ♥

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  2. yellowlancer
    January 21, 2013

    This selfish old person has been growing her own vegies since she move out of her parents’ home at eighteen, feeding all her scraps to chooks and even darns and mends clothes, or cuts them up to recycle as patchwork! But I have been suitably ‘advised’ by a young person who knows so much more than me 😦 Grrrrr….

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    • Judy
      January 21, 2013

      Yeah me too though I am not quite as good as you though I do have a worm farm and recycle what I can. My father once told me that the older I got the wiser he would seem . Cheers Judy

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  3. Claire D
    January 21, 2013

    So true! And we didn’t fax, text, and email hundreds of times a day – instead we sent a letter.

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    • Judy
      January 22, 2013

      Couldn’t agree more. It all seemed more civilized some how. 🙂

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