THE GREEN THINGY – should be compulsory reading!

From Jeanne Hambleton with fibro hugs

This morning I received this email as recommended reading.  Do hope I am not in breach of anything but it really is an eye opener.  I had not realised quite how much our living patterns had changed. Now I think is it any wonder  that we are ill, poisoning ourselves with insecticides, chemicals, preservatives, radiation. There is a lot to be said for living in the ‘slow lane’ and what has always  been  described as ‘the good life’.

Think I might go and dig up the lawn and grow a few vegetables.Oh I know  it is too late fo this year. There is always something.

But please read this whatever your age. If you are young it will give you an insight about how your folks and grandparents lived – when  Dad earned £2 .10s. a week or less  to  feed the kids, pay the rent, buy some coal not to mention clothes for the family. There was no money for holidays.  I remember my grand dad   methodically tearing up  old newspapers onto small squares, piercing a hole in one corner, threading string  in the hole and placing in the only toilet –  outside.  That was not for reading either. I guess it must have left an impression on us as in those days the newsprint seemed to rub off and you had black hands – not sure about your bottom.  Maybe that is why as kids we  wore navy gym knickers – what passion killers they were with your hankie stuck up your knicker leg.  I just do not remember having pockets as a kid – I wonder why – more materials,more cost probably.


At the till, in the supermarket, the cashier told an older woman that she
should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for
the environment. 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; your 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. They were sent back to the plant to be
washed and sterilized and refilled, so the same bottles could be used
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 or elevator in every store and office building. They walked to the
shops and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time
they had to go a few hundred yards.

But she was right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby’s nappies 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 – 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 Isle of Wight. In the kitchen, they blended
and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do
everything for them. 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 petrol 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 or tap 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 bus and kids rode their bikes to school
instead of turning their parents 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 take-away.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful old
people were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?


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