Plastic Bags.......(in the email)
Sun Jul 8, 2018 9:13pm

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 elevator, much less an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a300-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 things.

But that young lady was 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 peanuts, 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 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 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 onto 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 tattooed, multiple pierced smart asses who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.

    • No green thing.... Just horse pucky ~ G😀G, Sun Jul 8 9:55pm
      Up to your knees in the streets of major cities. Thanks for the romp down memory lane. Everything the old battle axe stated was factual. I recall each of her points. But I also understand the big... more
    • I had to rack the bottles that were returned to the grocery store I worked in. That was done in a fenced in hut area outside the store. Cold in the winter and in the summer it was a sweat box with... more
      • Yes, you and me both! (nm) ~ G🙄G, Sun Jul 8 9:57pm
      • Join The Crowd !! ~ Deanna, Sun Jul 8 9:47pm
        I hadn't realized how "green" we were and still are.....the "greenies" can't hold a candle to us......LOL And hey, I know you are younger than just were lucky to live where it happened for... more
        • I remember traveling to California (I believe) in the early 80s and seeing groceries being scanned. That didn't make it to flyover country for a number of years after that.
          • Especially the minds. (nm) ~ G🙄🤔G, Mon Jul 9 1:00pm
          • Yes!! :) ~ Deanna, Mon Jul 9 8:27am
            I think, the advent of television began to change a lot of that, though......and has normalized fashions (whatever it may be) across the country,, internet is doing its thing to the... more
    • How much do they pay you to post ~ Tell it like it is, Sun Jul 8 9:38pm
      $.25 a post is not much LMAO at you
    • I remember those brown shopping bag book covers ~ Deplorable Pheoma, Sun Jul 8 9:35pm
      After a while we all got good at making them. And like the article said, we could write all over them. When they got too full you couldn't write on them, we'd just make a new one.
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