Going Green

Last Update: September 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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Linda103 Premium
Love this every time I see it. It's great and so true.
Robert-A Premium
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.
lsmalone Premium
Memories...Wonderful message for all to read.

May I add, RESPECT was another important area the older generation understood and used on a regular basis. No younger person would have ever thought to speak to an older person in this fashion...

Thank You:)
Robert-A Premium
Thank you for reading Linda and you are so right.
There is a definite lack of respect nowadays and we seem to get blamed for most of whats wrong with the world.

Have a great weekend.
LLettau1 Premium
Robert you have summed up the benefits of the old school way of life before radical political agendas to control every facet of our life.
Robert-A Premium
Thank you Larry.
Don't know if you were aware of it but there were protests all over America yesterday about how much we are destroying the planet.

I didn't hear one word that it was the modern world and technology that was doing the most damage, and of course it was the older generation that was getting the most blame.

But then we didn't have the 'Green Thing' back in our young days.

Enjoy your weekend Larry.
AlexEvans Premium
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.
Robert-A Premium
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.
OSegun Premium
Well done Robert.

Things have gone so bad these days that you will wonder at what has become of professional and official ethics.

So much reliance on computers and other devices.

Although those gadgets brought ease of operation in some cases, but the over reliance on them is the trouble. Each time I think about this, I always remember what my lawyer friend said sometime ago. "Benefit and burden go together".

I hope that we the "generation before" can help "generation now" to achieve a balance between our time and theirs so that "generation next" can have a better existence.

Good luck to us all.

Robert-A Premium
Yes indeed Segun. I believe it will get a lot worse before it gets better and I also believe that will not happen in my lifetime.
Thank you for your input and enjoy the weekend to come.