The older generations in society have contributed so much during their days, maybe not all good, but a lot all the same. They’ve lived through many different eras and, of course, they have a pretty good understanding of how the world has changed throughout time. Because of this, they have invaluable life experience over the younger generations. One such drama seems to be the ‘green thing’ regarding environmental awareness.
Sadly, this isn’t always respected by the youth of today. Sure, with the advances in technology, many old people get left behind, but that doesn’t mean they lose knowledge of societal changes.
To illustrate this point, we’re going to tell you a story that went viral on Facebook and has been shared over 1.5 million times! Whether or not the story is fictional doesn’t really matter, what matters is the message.
Our story takes place in a grocery store.
An old lady approaches the cashier at the end of her shopping trip. The cashier urged the old lady to bring her own bags to the store because “plastic bags aren’t good for the environment”.
The old lady apologised and tried to explain to the young cashier that “We didn’t have this ‘green thing‘ back in my earlier days.”
A simple explanation, but instead of acceptance, the cashier continued her rant “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
But the old lady retorted with many surprises to the cashier. The response was powerful and shouldn’t go unnoticed. This old lady decided she wasn’t going to take it anymore.
“Back then, we returned 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 we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.”
But she wasn’t done just yet, “Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the ‘green thing‘ back then.”
The cashier recoiled, but the old lady was far from finished
“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 the state of Montana. 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 wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline 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 you’re right; we didn’t have the ‘green thing‘ back then.”
By this point, another cashier had opened a queue in another lane but that didn’t stop the old lady
“Back then we washed the baby’s diapers 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.”
“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 in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the ‘green thing‘.”
And in a final sweeping crescendo, she proclaimed “Isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks are just because we didn’t have the ‘green thing‘ back then?”
The cashier was left stunned and lost for words
The old lady finished packing her own goods and left the store. I’m pretty sure the cashier will think twice before she goes on the attack with the older generation and their environmental awareness.
Sure, sometimes the youth of today no best, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re superior. There are a lot of things the older generations have seen and experienced that give them the upper hand. So talk to them, communication is key and don’t just dismiss people because they are of an age.
Because if you don’t, you may just find yourself in a similar situation.
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