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The "Green Thing"


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This isn't really a joke... In essence it is totally true but you may find it funny...


In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should

bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the


The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing

back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. The former generation did

not care enough to save our environment."


He was right, that generation didn't have the green thing in its day. Back

then, they returned their 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 they didn't have the green thing back in that customer's 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 was 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


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


Back then, they 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 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 a wadded up

old 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 their writing 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 or a bus 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



But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful the old folks

were, just because they didn't have the green thing back then?

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