It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Chapter 10, Page 15, Book 11

SUPER SATURDAY

Now a days we read a lot about going green.  Recycling is something that is a must in most every community.

I found this cute but true article on line so I thought I'd share it with you all today.

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?
It gives us plenty to think about, doesn't it?  It's sad but true that I remember the racks placed by every school for bicycles.  Now you never see them.  

Hope you all have a SUPER Saturday.  Think green!

'On Ya'-ma

7 comments:

Kathy said...

So true!!

jack69 said...

Amazing how some just cannot 'THINK'. I am constantly saying: most of the time we have more trash in one day than our family had growing up, in a week or two.

I get upset at some of the 'GREEN' ideas, that make no sense what so ever. Like a battery powered car. I like the idea, but what about the environment when the batteries go bad, What about the natural resourses to make the batteries and what about the steam powered plants that produce the power to charge those batteries.
A small stretch, I think.

Now solar powered cars, ah, that is different, but then there is still the batteries. (didn't mean to write a book.

Of course, re-cycling is good.
Love from Florida

That corgi :) said...

I've seen this before and there is so much truth in this; it is not always good to have the green thing if we've lost other values along the way! It is, of course, though good to take care of the world God gave us and recycle as we can. I hope you are having a great weekend Ma!

betty

TARYTERRE said...

I have seen this piece before. I sometimes think that young people can't see the forest for the trees. Us old folks know alot more than we get credit for. Been there. Done that. Have a nice weekend at the camper.

Buttercup said...

So true. If I ever thought I would have two telephones (one is part of the job) to carry with me I wouldn't have believed it. Likewise, the entire concept of bottled water.

JCWillow99@gmail.com said...

I remember some of those things.
Especially walking to School when I was six years old.
And we use to always hang out clothes on the line. You never see that anymore.

Sybil said...

All so true Ma...Talking about going green we had another "bin" delieverd the other day this one is for cardboard and plastic milk cartons...we have one for general waste, a black box for paper, glass, and can leave clothes shoes etc by that one. next they will leave us aiet a brown bin..this is for garden waste !!considering they are all so big I could almost disappear into them they are not an attractive addition to the garden !! thankfully I can kind of hide them behin dthe decking !!
Love Sybilxx
Another prob. is remembering when they are to be put out..they are either weekly or fortnightly..thankfully Peter remembers and does the "putting out "