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Hi I am Jo…wife, lover, best friend and soulmate to Keith. Lover of all things to do with nature and the canals. I am passionate about the Waterways and its history.

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Monday, 9 January 2012

Anyone over the age of 35.

Anyone over the age of 35 should read this, as i copied this from a friend Pip Haynes off of NB Windsong, she posted it on her facebook and it really struck a cord, so I thought I would share it.
Checking out at the supermarket recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own carrier bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. I apologised 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." She was right about one thing -- our generation didn't have the green thing in “Our” day. So what did we have back then…? After some reflection and soul-searching on "Our" day here's what I remembered we did have.... Back then, we had "paper" bags to put our shopping in, we returned milk bottles (even collected the silver caps for the blind), fizzy pop bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles repeatedly. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day. We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator or lift in every store and office building. We walked to the supermarket and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two minutes up the road. 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 (remember them?), not a screen the size of England. 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 mail, we used screwed 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 from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. 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 then. Back then, people took the bus, and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums 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 computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000miles 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?

There are many lessons the younger generation could learn from our old days, not that I am that old yet.
But this did make me smile.


  1. Hi Jo,
    Your post really struck home to me thatt todays generation take for granted what many of the older generation made do without.

    If ever there was a major catastrophy in this country I wonder which generation would survive, the youngsters with their reliance on computers and electric gadgets or the older community used to life without the mod cons!

    Steve (nbAmyJo)

  2. Well done PIP, a brilliant piece of writing!!

  3. Hi Steve. I have a strong feeling the older generation would win that contest, because sadly the younger generation have no idea how to do without. They also have no idea what hard work is. I grew up having to work for anything I wanted and had to save, non of this credit and even today I do not have a credit card. I am also very used to hard work having been bought up in farming. I do fear for this country if anything awful should happen.

    Hi Lesley, it is certainly a great read and Pip did a great job xx

  4. Hi, I've just found your lovely (and informative) blog. What a great post, I agree wholeheartedly. I am 55 and when our generation were growing up, "recycling" wasn't the "trend" it was the way we lived. Everything was used and reused. The trouble with people today is that they don't know the difference between enough and excess!
    Best wishes, and Happy New Year! Linda

  5. Hello Linda. Welcome on board and thank you for your lovely comments.
    I will be 50 this year arghhhh and could not agree with you more. In this day and age whilst the young say they recycle, I am afraid they have no idea about recycling, in fact we on the whole have become a throw away society. When I was a kid growing up on the farm, everything got reused in one way or another.
    I listen to the news and they say that people are living in poverty and whilst I do not want to say that is rubbish (excuse the pun). Most do not have a clue what poverty is. I bet these people still smoke and go out drinking and yet they say they cannot afford to feed and cloth their children. If they did without the excesses of life and learnt how to cook, they would be able to manage just fine. Sorry got on my soap box there hehehehe.


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