From an email

I got this from a cousin this morning and liked it so much I decided to share it, guess my old fartiness is showing! (Sorry about the weird formatting, but I’m feeling too lazy to remove the >s.


> At the cash register of the store, the young cashier
> suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping
> bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
> The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this
> green thing back in my earlier days.”
> The cashier responded, “That’s our problem today. Your
> generation did not care enough to save our environment for future
> generations. You didn’t have the green thing.”
> She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing
> in its day.
> Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft drink bottles and
> beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to
> be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same
> bottles over and over. So they really were recycling. 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.
> But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
> We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in
> every shop and office building. We walked to the grocery store and
> didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two
> 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 the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy
> gobbling machine burning up 220 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 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, not a screen the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
> 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 post, we used wrapped up old newspapers to cushion
> it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’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 didn’t
> need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on
> electricity.
> But she’s right. We didn’t have the green thing back then.
> We drank water from 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 didn’t expect that to be trucked
> in or flown thousands of air miles. We actually cooked food that
> didn’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 didn’t have the green thing back then.
> Back then, city 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 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 just because we didn’t have the green thing back
> then?
> Please forward this on to another selfish old person who
> needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.
> Remember:
> Don’t make old people mad. We don’t like being old in the
> first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off.

Be Sociable, Share!

5 thoughts on “From an email

  1. Great to see that you are back!
    I am always checking to see if there is something posted as its fun to read about life in the little ‘bastide’.
    It has been a really cold spring and not any better during the start of the summer here in Sweden so longing to come down.
    Our vacation starts mid July and we plan to drive to Chalabre this time – approx 2400 km so a very long journey, but we want to bring some furniture with us so driving is really the only option.

    Hope you are all keeping well . Looking forward to seeing you later this summer.
    Best regards Jannike

  2. Our weather seems to change from day-to-day, but since your last visit it as been mostly sunny and warm. We now have a garden and I’ve already got to,atones setting! See you next month.

  3. Good to see you are back. I see the Tour goes through Chalabre today. Please, please give us the back story on what it is like to have the TDF go through your village. Best regards.

Leave a Reply