Sorry, We Didn’t Have The “Green” Thing Way Back Then

02To today’s brainwashed generation, any one over the age of forty is responsible for what Big Al  Gore calls the “global warming disaster,”  a disaster that we must urgently rectified by giving government all of our money so they can “save us.”  

Sorry but when the majority of us were growing up, we didn’t have the “green” thing.

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 they could use the same bottles over and over. Actually they really were recycled. But then, we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, not plastic. Those biodegradable brown papers had many uses.  First and foremost, they became our trash bags.  These biodegradable paper bags were also used as covers for our school books, to  ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. It sure is too bad that we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We walked up stairs, because there wasn’t an escalator or an elevator in every store and office building.  Actually we walked a lot rather than climbing into a gas guzzling automobile every time we had to go two blocks.   But 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, so I guess you could say that wind and solar really did dry our clothes back then. Most kids wore hand-me-downs from their older sibling.  Knees were patched, socks were darned, buttons were replaced.  Too bad we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not one in every room.  And the TV, well it had a screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of the state of Montana .  In the kitchen, we used elbow power to blend and stir and when we were through we used elbow power to wash and dry the dishes.  When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.  But what did we know?

Back then, we didn’t 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 again, what did we know?  

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we wanted a drink of water.  We refilled our fountain pens with ink instead of buying a new one.  We replaced the razor blade instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.  Too bad we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes or walked to school instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.  We had few electrical outlets 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 burger joint.   But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we older folks were just because we didn’t have the “green” thing back then?  And I might add, the majority of us still don’t.



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