Spreading Good News (Part 255 – The Green Thing)

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~ Joyce Fields



My cousin, Patricia Eddings, sent me this great piece.

Many of the things mentioned in this piece are captured in my book, Line of Serenity (featured above), which covers the years 1944-1977.  In the book, I describe the “modern conveniences” of the time, as well as family interaction, child-rearing philosophies and adventures.  Food was (and still is!) a big part of our family, so I included 21 of my own recipes in the book (my personal favorite is Skillet Chicken and Rice).

So, my book and this blog post have much in common.  Enjoy!


In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that she should bring her own grocery bag 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.  The former 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 to the milkman and the store.  The store sent them 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 the stairs because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.  They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

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

Back then, they washed the baby’s cloth diapers 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, and/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 State of Montana.  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 gasoline 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 when they were thirsty instead of using a plastic cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.  They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of throwing them away and buying new pens, 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 streetcar or a bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus instead of turning their moms into an all-day 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 22,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

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

TRUTH BE TOLD:  Today’s “old folks” were raised in the original “green thing” era!

~ Author unknown


~ Joyce Fields


About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 255 – The Green Thing)

  1. Nita says:

    Isn’t that the truth!? Good post.

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