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 andRefilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. ButThey didn't have the green thing back her day.
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalatorIn every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store anddidn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go twoBlocks. 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 theThrow-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobblingMachine burning up 220 volts wind and solar power really did dry theClothes. 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 haveThe green thing back in her day.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house not a TV in everyRoom. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not aScreenThe size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended andStirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything forYou. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used waddedUp newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cutThe lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised byWorking so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmillsThat operate on electricity. But she's right, they didn't have the green thingBack then.
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cupOr a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilledPens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor bladesIn a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the bladeGot dull. But they didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to schoolOr rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxiService. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank ofSockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerizedGadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out inSpace in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But that old lady is right. They didn't have the green thing back in herDay.