'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

10 March 2011

The Green Thing

This was in my email today. I hope you enjoy as much as I did, because I still remember.

It’s All About "The Green Thing".

By Jim Knowles

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that
plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized
to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day".”

That’s right, they didn't have the green thing in her day. Back then,
they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the
store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized
and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were
recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator
in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and
didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two
blocks. But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn’t have the
throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts, wind and solar power really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn't
have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house that eveybody gathered
around as a family, not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen
the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have
electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile
item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it,
not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut
the lawn, they used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised
by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills
that operate on electricity. But she's right, they didn't have the green
thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup
or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled
pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor
blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because
the blade got dull. But they didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school
or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of
sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they 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 pizza joint.

But that old lady is right. They didn’t have the green thing back in her

(and they are "still" living to a ripe old age)


innominatus said...

So true. Back then, people didn't have remotes for the TV that contained nasty acid-filled batteries. They had dads that yelled "get up and change the channel!"

JihadGene said...

Some very good points there, for sure. Thanks for the reminders!