Back In My Day We Didn't Have the "Green Thing"



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 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 recycled.
But they didn’t have the green thing back in that customer’s day.
In her day, they walked up 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 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, or radio, in the housenot 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 you. 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 or the kitchen sink or well when they were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water.
They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen
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 walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour 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 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 the old folks were just because they didn’t have the green thing back then?
Let us remember that that generation lived through at least one maybe 2 depressions, the dust bowl, two world wars and Korea. They did not whine about PTSD and the horrors of war although most either witnessed first-hand or felt the pain of the Holocaust and not just Jews but Poles and Czechs, Hungarians and remember the constant bombings of London and Great Britain in general and so many horrific atrocities they saw and we could not imagine.
Moms wore housecoats and stockings around the house to cook and clean and she was thought of no less than any man and in reality these women that stayed at home and shaped a generation that took us to the moon and established the greatest era of prosperity and brought a world back from total destruction they were really always the ones in charge.
Mom ruled the roost as they say and taught us manners, dignity, pride and independence, sorry ladies but mom was stronger and tougher than those of today that would believe they don’t need men except as sperm donors. June Cleaver, Donna Reed, Lucille ball shaped a world of innovation and discovery and mom reminded us that hard work, dedication and imagination improved the world in general.
No these women were not housekeepers or servants they were the real gatekeepers just as their mothers before them and those before them were an integral part of America. No one can deny that mom was the guiding light to the future and the manager of the present.
So look around you today and see where we have come and then look and realize where we came from and ask yourself this; is the measure of society or a culture how much stuff they have or conveniences they utilize or is it the spirit to be all that one can be?
The early settlers came here with an axe and a rifle and forged a nation out of the wilderness and when they saw the need for a limited small central government that asked of it one thing, leave me alone!
So look around and ask yourself, is everything okay?
Many criticize and marginalize those that would espouse the loss of America and try to convince people that America is disappearing right before our eyes. Amazingly looking back to the early inception of this great experiment it was a mere 200 plus years and at the turn of the last century those that enjoyed its freedom and liberty began their march to its destruction and the fallible nature of humankind rose up from within the few that thought they knew more and knew better. They who rose to power and wealth in this free society now had the desire to stifle that freedom and inhibit, restrict and dole it out as if they were the ultimate authority. The undeniable truth that power can corrupt those who are weak and weak minded brings us to the present day and we must realize that we are now ruled by our inferiors.
H/T to Kelleigh and the unknown writter of this magnificent piece!  Also, to my mother, grandmothers, aunts and all the strong women who survived the Great Depression, kept the home fires burning during WW II and served “made from scratch” meals to all of us kids in the neighborhood back in the 1950s !

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this is exactly right! boy how stupid and spoiled we have become,I might add lazy. I say spoiled because we let the “libs” get into our head again. all these green weenies need to find something useful to do with their time! Why,we ever let them get a foot hold is beyond me.

Rowland Jones

Yes the clerk was right . .The former generation did not care enough to save our environment – I have read this and I agree that we should still be able to do these things – – but please don’t tell me that liberals got rid of milk bottles, and invented labor saving devices . . . and why is it that women seemed to have created that wonderful world that is no longer? Which generation created these problems? And which generation is trying to sort it out? Yes there is some logic to this article but it is absurdly… Read more »


Absolutely right… soft living, taking too much for granted– which explains most left/libtards, too.


Can I add that at that time moms disciplined and educated instead of letting kids just have fun and be careful not to create any psychological trauma. How weak have we become when to punish a child for misbehaving will traumatize him/her for life? That is exactly why, nowadays, many places are offering child free services. It is because nowadays moms are incompetent to educate nowadays children. I believe this pattern will increase and many more places will carry child free services. Some people want to have kids but dont want to get the hard work that it entails!!


Green is the new red.
That’s all you need to know.

Dr. Eowyn

My hope is that there are enough left of the old stock of self-reliant Americans to rebuild this country….


This is a pretty good article and as an environmentalist I wish we weren’t such a throw away society now like this article illustrates. Of course having that view makes me a “commis” in your eyes. You guys really need help. You have a pathological hate for anyone who doesn’t agree with you.

Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf

I grew up in that era too! Where I grew up in the country you could leave your key in the door and all neighbours looked out for one another. Anyone unusual, (red or green) who came around was reported on the jungle drums. we were a close knit community but now alas it is like a dream world lost forever. Then I read in yesterday’s paper where one of our ousted Green Parliamentarians is now on a pension of 251,000E. Sickening! But we got rid of all the green councillors, senators and politicians, revenge was sweet for the Irish… Read more »


work hard and be happy. this generation is way to weak minded to realize when they are being bullshitted by slick liberal politicians. most don’t even realize history is being altered by liberal educators.

Alan Anderson

To all the people supporting this article, I’d like to point out… I’ve never seen a glass milk bottle. A person older than me decided that it was cheaper and better to go to plastic. An Older generation if you will. I’m not old enough to have been aware of a time without escalators, they were made in early 1900s after all. That’s from an older generation if you will. Diapers (disposable) were generated in nineteen fifties to nineteen sixties, the decision to sell them en-mass wasn’t made by anyone young. It was made by an older generation. One Tv?… Read more »


Alan nails it. The uncomfortable truth is that “old folks” who long nostalgically for a better time grew up in a more frugal times. They are also part of a generation that introduced and institutionalized a disposable economy. To wit, the economic expansion of the post-war years was fueled by conspicuous consumption of mass-produced goods that had a planned obsolescence. This same generation of Americans gave up all the Depression-era frugality they inherited from their parents in the name of convenience, comfort, and modernity. Sadly, we’re all complicit in this (no moral high-ground here), but the young woman in the… Read more »

Patriot Angel

I remember much of this and what’s funny is…my oldest child was born in 1973 ans they didn’t have disposable diapers THEN that “I” was aware of!