The woman apologized and explained,
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today.
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in our day.
The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled,
But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind.
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we 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 (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club and run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we 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 isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were,
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation,
Don't make old people mad.
Green, frugal, sustainable, simple, healthy, happy...
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