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"Demeter" - (c) Michele-Lee Phelan

A friend on Facebook shared this one, and I simply couldn’t resist sharing it.  It rings true for many of my age-group…

In the line at the shop the checkout girl told me that I should bring my own grocery bag because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
I apologized to her and explained we didn’t have the green thing back in my day.
The checkout girl responded: “That’s the problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

She was right, our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then we returned our milk bottles, lemonade bottles and beer bottles to the shop.  The shop 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 my day.

In my day they walked up stairs because there wasn’t an escalator in every store and office building.  They walked to the local store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower set of wheels every time they had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in my day.

Back then we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.  We dried clothes on a line not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 230 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.

We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.

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 not a screen the size of Tasmania. 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 wadded up old newspaper to cushion it not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.

We didn’t fire up an engine and burn petrol 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 operated on electricity.

But she’s right they didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a tap when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled our writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away a plastic cartridge just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

People took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service.  We had one power point 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 pub.

We didn’t have the green thing back then.

~ Anonymous ~