Didn’t have the green thing back then!

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman
that plastic bags werent good for the environment.
The woman apologized to her and explained,
We didnt have the green thing back in my day.

Thats right, they didnt 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 didnt have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because
they didnt have an escalator in every store and
office building. They walked to the grocery store
and didnt climb into a 300-horsepower machine
every time they had to go two blocks.

But shes right. They didnt have the green thing
in her day.

Back then, they washed the babys diapers
because they didnt 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 didnt 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 didnt
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 styro foam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didnt 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 didnt need to go to a health
club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But shes right, they didnt 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 didnt 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 didnt 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?

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