We didn’t have the ‘green’ thing back then!

I was sent this the other day. One of those round-robin email jobbies.

I enjoyed it so much, though, that I thought I’d share it here:

“At the supermarket checkout the young cashier suggested to the older customer that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologised and explained: “We didn’t have this ‘green’ thing in my day.”

The assistant responded: “That’s our problem today. Your generation didn’t care enough about our environment!” 

Yeah, right!  Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drink bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilised and refilled, so it  could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But our generation didn’t care enough about our environment.

We walked up stairs because we didn’t have a lift or escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocer’s and didn’t climb into a 200-horsepower machine every time we had to travel two blocks.

But you’re right. Our generation didn’t care enough about the environment. 

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 2,000 watts – wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back then. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But, no, our generation didn’t care enough about our environment.

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, not a screen the size of Yorkshire.

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 post we used wads of old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, 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 operate on electricity.

But you’re right. Our generation didn’t care enough about the environment.

When we were thirsty, we drank from a tap instead of drinking from a plastic bottle of water shipped from the other side of the world.

We re-filled pens with ink instead of  buying new ones, and we replaced the blades in a razor instead of throwing away the unit when the blade became dull.

But our generation didn’t care enough about the environment.

Back then, people took the bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical socket 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 fish and chip shop.

Isn’t it amazing how wasteful we were back then because we didn’t have the ‘green’ thing going on? 

So please refer these thoughts on to any other selfish, grumpy old gits who need a lesson in conservation from smart-arse young people. 

Remember: Don’t make older people angry.  We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off…”

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