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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 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 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?

~Author Unknown~

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I sure hope the woman in this unknown author's story (which, of course, might have been written for the purpose) talked to the manager of the store in which this incredibly rude checkout clerk worked. :x attitude! to say these things to a customer! when the kid should be incredibly relieved that he even has a job....

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Cynthia beat me to it on this one. The clerk had no business spouting his ideas - beliefs, unless asked. I'm pretty sure it was against store policy and subject for dismissal

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Guys more than likely it is a made up story like much of the emails that get sent out so don't worry; it is a good story never the less. The average consumer did not use as much resources as we do today.

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tomf wrote:Guys more than likely it is a made up story like much of the emails that get sent out so don't worry; it is a good story never the less. The average consumer did not use as much resources as we do today.

Good story though, and nice to remember how many things use to be before we got to the point in our society that all things must be convenient and satisfaction must be immediate..

It shows my age that I can remember all of the things in that post and it makes me a bit sad that much of that is just a memory in many instances.

As for those type posts, I receive them every week from at least 3-4 of the older relatives that have learned to use a computer---------mostly for e-mailing. They receive such stuff from their friends and they simply hit reply to all and it goes out to everyone on their address book. I'll sometimes get the same message at the same time from several different sources. Delete, delete, delete.

Oh, and Snopes can be their friend once in a while. I've gotten some e-mails that are so preposterous in nature that it scares me they think there's any truth to them--------------but they'll still pass them on.

Old folks, gotta love them.

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Yep, I'm pretty sure it is made up to illustrate a point. I did get it in an email. I never pass emails on, but this story rang a bell with me so instead of passing the email on, I posted it.

It doesn't really matter where it came from, someone wrote it and it is a good story.

Now at least those horrible things won't happen to me for not passing it on. I sure hope posting it counts.

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Now at least those horrible things won't happen to me for not passing it on. I sure hope posting it counts.
Ted, I believe you are nine posting short of rapture! :lol:


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LOL :lol: Ted you are saved from all the bad things in that email as you posted it here.

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Marlingardener wrote:
Old folks, gotta love them
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Gee Gumbo, I didn't know you cared! However, I am happily married.
I, too, remember many of those "yesteryear" things, except in our case, most are yesterday! I love my clothesline; get teased about walking to the nearest neighbor (1 mile round trip, and I get to see what's growing in the roadside ditches); use and re-use until it's used up or gone; and we have one 30 year old TV (no kidding!) that we watch for news and weather, and Antiques Road Show to see if we are on it and if we are valuable! :lol:
Well, my last comment of "gotta love the old folks" is a bit self serving.

I joked with one of my 30+ yr. old nephews the other day that I'm much closer to 60 than I am to 56 when the issue of how much work gets done in a day around house when a project arises. I can still put in a good days work, but I pay more dearly for it now than I once did. Sometimes it seems my aches and pains have aches and pains. :wink:

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Gumbo you know your old when your back goes out more than you do.

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