Ironical email

Today I got this in an email. It seemed ironic after reading it.

Being Green

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to me, that I should bring
my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the

I 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.

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 besides household
garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our
schoolbooks. 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

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

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 throwaway 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

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the greenthing 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?), 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

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

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of
driving to the store to buy a plastic bottle 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

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?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person
who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it
doesn’t take much to tick us off.


I found it funny that an electronic note complains about all the electricity used today, like to create/send/receive the note complaining about it. It should have been written and posted through the mail. Like the old days.


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