Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Green Thing

     My grandparents sent me this email.  I don't know where it got started or who to give credit to.  Right now, I am going to give credit to my grandparents, Helen and Stanley Bennett, because I have watched them for years live simply and never wastefully. 

     They don't understand how young people can spend money on certain things and you know what, they are probably right and it's probably why the economy is like it is.  There is something to be said for living with just what is (as my grandmother calls it) necessary.  And my grandfather's way of doing things is the old fashioned way.  My grandmother's mind is sharp as a tack and my 79 year old grandfather played (hit, ran, everything!) in the baseball game at my nephews party on Sunday, so I think I would be wise to listen to them!

  This was too good not to share! 



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 apologized 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 smartass young person.

_______________________

 

     We don't take the time to listen to a generation that is going to be gone soon.  They have learned lessons, seen things, and can sometimes give more knowledge than any textbook or google search.  Too often the old are seen as senile and in the way.  If the young generation would pay attention to the experience and hard learned lessons from this older generation the future would be so much better.  I, personally, would love to see old fashioned manners come back.  Men tipping hats, women blushing, general common sense and consideration.  I love this email.  What would you like to see passed on rather than forgotten along with the older generation?

'When I was a kid, all this was fields.' by Matthews, Alex

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