How an old lady answered a comment she didnt like
Posted by N44 on April 26, 2019, 1:24 pm
An old lady countered an accusation that the older generation have spoiled things for the young of today. |
Checking out at the Supermarket,the young cashier suggested she should bring her own bags, because plastic bags are bad for the environment.
The woman apologized and said we didn't have this 'green thing' back in the old days'
The young girl said 'Your generation didn't care enough for future generations."
The older lady replied 'our generation didn't have this "green thing then'. She then said 'In our day we returned milk bottles, Pop & Beer bottles to the store, who sent them back to be washed, sterilized and refilled, so we 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 paper bags that we then reused for numerous things eg brown paper 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. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs as we didn't have escalators in every store and office building. We walked to the shops and didn't climb into a Bus every time we had to go a few blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then we washed the baby's nappies because we didn't have throw away ones. We dried clothes on a washing line, not in an energy-gobbling Tumble Dryer. Wind and fresh air dried our clothes back then. Us kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothes..
But young lady you are right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We had one TV, or maybe a radio, in the house -- not one in every room, and the TV's then had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of a Table. In the kitchen we stirred ingredients by hand, not electric machines. When we packed fragile items to post, we used old newspapers to cushion, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't need an engine just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower. We exercised by walking everywhere and working so didn't need to go to a Gyms to run on electric treadmills.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a fountain when thirsty instead of using a cup or plastic bottles. We refilled our pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the blade 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 Train or a bus longer distances, kids walked or rode their bikes to school instead of turning their parents into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's vehicle which cost thousands, We had one electrical socket in a room, not banks of sockets for dozens of appliances. We didn't need Wifi gadgets to receive signals from satellites miles out in space in order to find the phone number to the nearest takeaway.
But isn't it sad the current generation thinks how wasteful us old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?