Going Green

Last Update: Sep 20, 2019


Bring Back The Good Old Days

Hi Folks

My oldest girl sent this to me and said I could relate to it as I'm sure a lot of the older wealthy affiliate members will as well.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to an old lady that she should bring her own bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my young days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation didn't care enough to save our environment for future generations."

The old lady said that she was right our generation didn't have the "green thing" back in the day and went on to explain:

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.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable we used brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. .

But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.

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 car 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 outside, not in an energy-gobbling machine. The wind and sun dried our clothes back in our early days.

Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young 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?), and not the monsters you see nowadays.

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 old newspapers, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine 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 public 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.

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 electric outlet in a room, and we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

We of the older generation don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to pee us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't do mental arithmetic and give change without the cash register telling them how much.

We oldies can still teach the younger generation a thing or two about being green and looking after the environment. Bring back the good old days I say.

Have a great weekend folks and be successful.

Robert Allan

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Thank you Robert,
Yes I can relate to the "Good Old Days"
I remember buying butter a large piece taken from a large box, weighed & placed on greaseproof paper.
I also assisted the milkman (horse & cart) before school - no bottles, one just left out a can for the milk to be delivered to your door. TV stations closed down at 11.00 pm & commenced again at 6.00 am.
I also experienced the first self-service grocery store.
Ah so many great memories - but "We didn't have the "green thing" back then "


Hi Denis and thank you for dropping by.
I can remember buying a 'Pat' of butter the same way.
In fact I can remember my granny and mother actually making the butter and cheese as well, and all our eggs were free range.

But as you say - we didn't have the 'Green Thing' back then.

Not to worry though Denis, this generation will get the blame as well from their kids and grandkids.
Enjoy your weekend.

Thank you Robert. While I was reading this I thought of all the others things we had that today's generation wouldn't understand. Lollies and biscuits came out if a big tin it large glass jar in the store, No wrapping. I will remember getting an ice block or icecream on a cone, again no wrapping. It definitely is a different world. Jim

Hi Jim, thank you for reading.
Indeed it is a different world we live in now compared to the much simpler life we had back in the days when we didn't have the 'Green Thing'.

Hi Robert - Thank you for the smile as I read your blog. I share the memory of so many things you mentioned - just like my earlier times too - I lived on a family farm - so if we could grow it, or make it - we could have it; we shared phone exchange, 1 black and white TV with 2 channels, 1 radio etc - all those things.....
I wish that "old timers" v "the young ones"; different beliefs and social issues, that somehow, "Respect" becomes of equal importance for us all.
So many things now create environmental issues - as one, we might have hope of improvements .

Hi sandy
I was like you and was born and raised on a farm and we lived off the land most of the time.

We hardly ever needed to go to a doctor because of the healthy lifestyle and it was only after we kids left home and moved into the city that we started to get unwell on a regular basis.

There is definitely something to be said for our young days when we didn't have that green thing.
Enjoy your day.

Great post, Robert! Thank you for sharing what your daughter sent you. There are many things in your post that I can relate to also. I was just talking with someone about how drastically healthcare has changed compared to how it used to be. You know things like respect, integrity, honoring others and taking time to treat patients as individuals, rather than as dollar signs or by what insurance they do or don't have. There's a lot we can learn from how things used to be done. Thanks for your post!

All the best to you!

No probs Colleen and thank you for your input.
Some changes are for the better but on the whole and going from past experience they are far outweighed by the problems we have today.
Enjoy your Saturday.

Can I like a hundred times? There should be an option for that! This is so very true. They don’t know what all we did, there’s way more things too, but they don’t listen when someone tries to tell them. Thanks for being bold enough to jump out there and say it Robert.

With all those protest yesterday by the younger generation mostly blaming us for the state of the planet someone had to speak up on behalf of we oldies who didn't have the 'Green Thing' in our day.

Thank you for reading Debby and please do have a great weekend. (I'm going to spend today with the daughter that sent me the content of the blog).

Excellent! Thanks for posting.

No probs Deborah and glad you liked it.
Enjoy your weekend.

If we weren't green back then I don't know what we were. It is the technology that has put us in the position we are in today Robert.


Hi Derek
of course we were green back in our younger days, we just had more sense than the majority of the Green Generation we have now.

Maybe some day their younger generation will blame them for the state of the planet.

Wonder what their reply to that will will be?
Enjoy your Saturday Derek.


Thank you Joe and glad you liked it.
Enjoy your Saturday.

Love this every time I see it. It's great and so true.

Glad you liked it Linda.

Yes indeed we did our bit without the 'Green Thing' they have now.

I wonder what the next generation will say about todays generation.

Will they blame them as well?

Wonder what their reply will be.

Have a good one Linda.

That was the way it was, and they were good times.

Thank you for this post, Robert.

We are living in a disposable world.

Used to be when things broke down you took them to the repair shop.

These days it is cheaper to toss it in the landfill and buy a new one.

Experienced that one this week, the part to fix a hedge trimmer cost more than a new hedge trimmer.

Go figure.

I am definitely in the bring back the green thing brigade.

Yes indeed Alex we are living in a throw away society now.
Is this a good thing, some would say so simply because they don't know any different.
I remember the days you could take a bottle back to the shop you bought it from and you actually got a few pennies for doing so.

My mother remembers the WW11 years when she could take an empty pickle jar to the movies to get in.

Unfortunately the good old days are gone.

Thank you for reading Alex and enjoy your Friday.

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