The Green Movement

A friend sent me this as an email –
I like the message and thought I’d pass it on.
Especially, now that I am turning into an ‘old’ person, and am a conspicuous consumer!
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own grocery 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 clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
  • She 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 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 storeand 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 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 ladyis 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, 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 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 razorblades 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.
  • 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 20,200 kilometers (12,552 mi) 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?

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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6 Responses to The Green Movement

  1. Norm – that sounds oddly like telling them how far you had to walk to school in the snow and cold, with no shoes! We must all find our own way!
    Theresa – I too have several drawers full of jars that I think would be just perfect for this thing or that thing!
    Felipe – I think the list hits a cord with just about everyone
    la cubanofila – funny how stuff does that sometimes!
    Calypso – mil gracias, correction duly noted!
    gracias a todos! Debi

  2. Calypso says:

    Great list – actually the GPS satellites are at an altitude of 20,200 kilometres (12,552 mi) – not 2000 mi – picky, picky 😉

  3. Hit a nerve with me, too.

  4. Excellent list. Ah, the diapers. When my daughter was a baby, 45 years ago, we subscribed to a service that brought a mountain of diapers to our house, and then picked up the used ones to wash. Never used disposable diapers, and now they are all over the place, literally. Yuck.

  5. Love it! I remember my daughter telling me that I needed to recycle my jars by putting them in the bin. I explained to her that by reusing them I was recycling! yeah, no green thing then either!


  6. norm says:

    I always tell the kids that the landfills of today are the mines of their future. The more they “save” today the more they will have tomorrow. Gets their knickers in a bind every time…

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