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  RevDocLove

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic
bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to her and
explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

That's right, they didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and
refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the green thing back in her 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's 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 pizza dish, 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 wadded
up 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 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 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 that old lady is right. They didn't have the green thing back in her day.


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everyonesvalentine

Apr 4 @ 9:10AM  
wrongways are the wrightways todays.
Wordsofwit

Apr 4 @ 9:15AM  
Well, my dad is ninety. If they were around today, my grandparents would be around 115. I think your older woman would be somewhere between those generations, let me explain:

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store.

Yeah, to get the deposit money back. We used to ride to the park to scavenge for bottles to turn in for the deposit. You got two cents for a small Coke bottle, three cents for 12 oz one, and a nickel for a quart bottle. In the summer we could make more money collecting bottle in one day than our monthly allowance.

They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

My grandparents and grandparents drove everywhere after the First World War but there wasn't a 300 HP car until 1958.

They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts

As soon as they came on the market at an affordable price in the early sixties, the dryer was the first thing my grandmother and mom demanded be purchased.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every
room.

By the early mid-sixties we had five TVs in our home and a family of four. But that was only 45 years ago.

And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish

That was before my time but I'm only 59. But I can get the feel for it by watching Amos and Andy on YouTube.

They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen

I don't recall anybody doing that, but like I said I am only 59 YO.

they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.

See comment above.

In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines

See comment above.

They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.

See comment above. Every wall in every room (except for the bathroom) had two outlets on each wall. My mother always complained about not having enough outlets for all of her electric kitchen gizmos. These included electric skillets and even an electric egg poacher.

they replaced the razor blades in a razor

My old man switched to an electric razor in the fifties.

kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus

There wasn't a bus and bikes weren't allowed at school, so we walked. It was uphill both ways as I recall.


RJ53

Apr 4 @ 12:24PM  
Around here if you try to walk to the store you will very likely be A run over by some idiot that does not know that red means stop at the light or B relieved of anything of value on your person or on some streets C shot by some wannabe gang member who does not even know you. So I take the bus when possible.

I do carry reusable shopping bags with me to the store and a lot of stores don't like that because they think you plan to steal when you bring those in.

I do use solar and wind power to dry the clothes. I have been without a working clothes dryer more of my life than I have had one that works.

Old junk mail and magazines are run through the shredder and used for shipping. Those plastic bags that orders come in from stores are turned inside out and used to ship non breakable products. Labels are removed from boxes my supplies come in and used to ship the finished product.

I was not trying to go green. It is a matter of economics and keeping the bottom line as low as possible.
StraddleMyNose

Apr 4 @ 4:52PM  
Ah yes, I remember those days......oh wait, no I don't!



sugarnspice005

Apr 4 @ 6:06PM  
Ah yes, I remember those days......oh wait, no I don't!

cocklover251

Apr 4 @ 6:20PM  
Isn't that the common courtesy for the old guy.
RevDocLove

Apr 4 @ 6:30PM  
Bye bye little boy..Go twiddle with your little wee wee now like a good little boy
PinkToeNails

Apr 4 @ 11:37PM  
Good blog!! Nothing better than taking the time to try to see that this world is worth saving..........even a little bit at a time! Keep it up folks!! this is our only planet and we need to take care of it!!
hog77297

Apr 5 @ 9:20PM  
Doc I'm 63 and still remember the Ice man bringing ice for out icebox on the back porch. Grandpa had a mule that he hitched to a wagon on Sat. and we rode to town for the things we couldn't grow are raise. Yep I came up on a dirt farm But we had plenty to eat and didn't know we were poor. We just new we did what it took to be a family and take care of eaach other!
I think t would be great if familys had as much pride in there self and each other as we did back then.
KitKat25

Apr 5 @ 11:42PM  
I'm a recycling made woman. I've even been known to wash the trash before sticking it in the recycle bin. What can I say? I hate an icky recycle bin.
KitKat25

Apr 5 @ 11:45PM  
Oh good lord! I can't even type a few sentences without a typo.

The previous comment was suppose to say...I'm a recycling mad women.
tassie1

Apr 6 @ 7:14AM  
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