Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Truism

Older and wiser . . . .

A a young female cashier who was checking out a much older woman suggested 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 young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."

· She was right -- the old woman's generation didn't have the 'green thing' back in her day.

· Back then, they returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store. The store then sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized, and refilled, so the same bottles could be used over and over again. So they really were recycled. But they didn't have the "green thing" back in their day.

· Grocery stores bagged their groceries in brown paper bags, that they reused for numerous things, most memorably, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for their schoolbooks. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for their use by the school) was not defaced by their scribbling. Then they were able to personalize their books on the brown bag book covers - But they didn't do the "green thing" back then.

· They walked up stairs because they didn't have an escalator in every store and every office building. They walked to the nearby grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to travel two or three blocks. But she was right. They didn't have the "green thing" in their day.

· Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throwaway kind. Their mother dried clothes on a line strung in the backyard -- not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts of energy -- wind and solar power really did dry their clothes back in their childhood days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing from the store.

· But that young lady is right; they didn't have the "green thing" back in their day.

· Back then they had no TV, (maybe one radio), in the house -- not a TV in every room. And, if they were lucky enough to have a TV, it had a small screen about the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the province of Quebec. Oh Yes: the TV picture was in black and white, too!

· In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for them. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up old newspapers 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 going out to work, so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operated on electricity.

· But she's right; they didn't have the "green thing" back then.

· They drank from a water fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a paper cup or a plastic throwaway bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled 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 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." They had one electrical outlet in each room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances and electronic gadgets. And also, they didn't need a computerized hand-held gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to locate the nearest burger joint or blue jeans store.

· But isn't it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful the "old folks" were just because they didn't have the "green thing" back then?

· Please forward this on to another selfish old person who might need a lesson in conservation and the "green movement"...

· We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tick us off . . . especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced young 'know-it-all' who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much it should be!

"The Old Arkie"
Herman "Woody" Hughes

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