Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, March 2, 2012

Going Green

You know, I grew up and raised kids when  things were different than thy are now.....lots different.  My friend Amy sent me this email and I thought I would see how much you remember of times passed.
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Nope...back when I was younger 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.  I did not drink from a plastic bottle until I was an adult.  I still don't like it and would rather have a coke in a recycled aluminum can....than plastic. 
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 besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. I still choose brown bags if I am given an option.  I hate the plastic ones.....they always busts on me....and I recycle those too.  Our local Walmart has a bin for you to take them and place them there and they are used again.  I also use them to pack breakables with when I sell something on Ebay.
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 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.  We walked a lot....and rode bikes.
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 our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. Now I have to admit....that dryer I have is a nice thing to have when it has rained for many days.  I still like the smell of sheets and towels that have been dried on a line.  None of my children used Pampers....they all used cloth. I was an only child and wore hand me downs and my kids wore then....and I made some of theirs using scraps from the mill store....I believed in the addage...waste not want not.
But that young lady is right; 
we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
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 (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 wadded up old newspapers 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 red Solo 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 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.  We used a map to get where we were going.
And 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?

1 comment:

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I recieved this in an email and it's a great one. Enjoyed reading it again!