The “Green Thing”

In many ways, we were more “green” decades ago, before everything was mechanized, automated, made easy. Some things were just better, healthier and more green in the past.

IN THE past, I’ve shared on these pages an email or two that I get sent to me — you know… those ones that make the rounds to many of us, such as this one about the resiliency of the Japanese people.

Today, I received another one of these emails that’s worth sharing.  It’s subject is, “The Green Thing”, and it humorously illustrates how much more natural and “green” society was relative to our personal habits then now.

You’ll get what I’m saying, just read on…

“The Green Thing”

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 herand  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 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

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 isn’t it sad that they didn’t have the green thing back then?

Last Updated on December 4, 2014 by Joe Garma

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