The woman apologized and explained, Â“We didnÂ’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.Â”
The cashier responded: Â“ThatÂ’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.Â”
She was right -- our generation didnÂ’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we washed the babyÂ’s nappies because we didnÂ’t have the throw-away kind.
We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 240 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right. We didnÂ’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 county of Yorkshire. In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand
because we didnÂ’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the post, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didnÂ’t fire up an engine and burn petrol just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didnÂ’t need to
go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But sheÂ’s right. - We didnÂ’t have the green thing back then.
We drank water from a fountain or a tap when we were thirsty instead of demanding a plastic bottle flown in from another country.
We accepted that a lot of food was seasonal and didnÂ’t expect it to be flown thousands of air miles around the world. We actually cooked food that didnÂ’t come out of a packet, tin or plastic wrap and we could even wash our own vegetables and chop our own salad. But we didnÂ’t have the green thing back then. Back then, people took the tram or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mothers 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 didnÂ’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 (pizza, what was that?). But isnÂ’t it sad that the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were, just because we didnÂ’t have the green thing back then?
Please tell this to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a young person.
Remember: DonÂ’t make old people mad. We donÂ’t like being old in the first place, so it doesnÂ’t take much to piss us off.