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Monday, December 1, 2014

I KNOW I'M OLD, BUT...


River of Drifting Through Life sent this to me.  The paragraph below was included.  Thank you, River!!


I know you've seen this before but it has just reappeared in my inbox and so I share it again as, whenever I read it, i am reminded of the simpler lives we lead back then and how we did little to cause many of the problems we have today.  In my youth there were no TVs of any size and my dad did use a push mower for the lawn and we walked and walked and walked and, unlike many of today's young people, we were never bored although we didn't  have computers, iPhones, iPads or any of the other numerous gadgets that one would think would keep young people happy.  Do I sound cross?  No, I am not cross but was content with my simple life when wages were low but we, on the whole, were content.   Phil and I are in our eighties now but still do what we can to protect the environment for the generations still, hopefully, to come.....save water and electricity when we can.......and yes, we do use 'green' shopping bags instead of plastic ones.  I've left the red words in place because they are part of the email I received.  I don't agree all the young are as described but do know quite a few of them are but then none of us is perfect, and certainly not me.

"The Green Thing"

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, we didn't have the "green thing" back in my day.

That's right, they didn't have the "green thing" in her day. 

Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. 

But they didn't have the "green thing" back in her 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's 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 house not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, 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 wadded up 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 cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, 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 and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus 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 that old lady is right. They didn't have the "green thing" back in her day. Gee!!! That was MY day too!

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. 


 
We don't like being old in the first place,
 so it doesn't take much
to piss us off....
especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced 
smart ass who can't make
change without the cash register telling 
them how much.


The following story is attributed to either John McCain or Ronald Reagan; Snopes doesn't know which one:

A self-important college freshman attending a football game took it upon himself to explain to John McCain (Ronald Reagan?) sitting next to him why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.  "You grew up in a different world, actually a primitive one," the student said.  "The young people of today grew up with TV, jet planes, space travel & a man walking on the moon.  Our space probes have visited Mars.  We have nuclear energy, electric & hydrogen cars, cell phones, computers with light speed processing & more."

After a brief silence, McCain (Reagan?) said, "You're right, son.  We didn't have those things, so we invented them.  What are you doing for the next generation?"



Lyrics

We were born to mothers who smoked and drank
Our cribs were covered in lead based paint
No child proof lids, no seat belts in cars
Rode bikes with no helmets and still here we are, still here we are

We got daddy's belt when we misbehaved
Had three TV channels you got up to change
No video games and no satellite
All we had were friends and they were outside, playin' outside


It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world


School always started the same every day
The pledge of allegiance then someone would pray
Not every kid made the team when they tried
We got disappointed and that was all right, we turned out all right


It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world


No bottled water, we drank from a garden hose
And every Sunday, all the stores were closed


It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world


It was a different life
When we were boys and girls
Not just a different time
It was a different world
It was a different world

Lots of old fashioned cartoons today!!

















The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for----fishducky










22 comments:

  1. That last cartoon says it all doesn't it?

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    1. Yeah--Bud & I will celebrate our 60th in February!!

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  2. There are some classics here missy.
    R

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  3. I wish I could superimpose a huge AMEN SISTER on the whole first half of the post. Awesome!

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  4. Goodness, you must have spent hours and hours coming up with all of these quotes and cartoons, girl! Some things were better back in the day, somethings are much better now.

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    1. But half of the things that are better now I can't figure out how to work!!

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  5. Time never stands still. I can't remember the last time I wrote or received a letter. Remember Airmail paper?

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    1. Yes, I do--with its equally thin envelope!!

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  6. I too really appreciate paper.
    And love that last cartoon.
    The gem which Mimsie sent to River who sent it to you speaks loudly to me. Very, very loudly.

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  7. Letters are still my thing--LOL! I liked the song, but the singer does not look old enough to know what he's singing about--ROFL! ;)

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    1. Very few of us make their own paper, cards & envelopes today, like you do. I agree, he's still a kid!!

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  8. All hit home but that last one hit the hardest. So much said in a few words.

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  9. AHH old memories come back.

    Merle..............

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    1. Sometimes we need to jog our memory a tad, but those old memories were fantastic!!

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  10. You are so right about the green thing. I just hadn't thought about it all like that.

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    1. As my husband says, I may not always be right, but I'm NEVER wrong!! (By the way, I love your blog!!)

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  11. Nice to see this where the whole world can read it, there is so much truth in it.
    Laughing at "I used to be somebody, I used to be a contender"
    In my home, books are still very much a contender even though I have a kindle, nothing beats the real books for the tactile senses.

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