A friend just sent this to me in an email… It is so true…



In the line at the store, the cashier told the older-woman 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, soda-bottles and beer-bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed, 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 diaper 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 television or radio in the house; not a television in every room and that television 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 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 the health-club or run on a treadmill operating on electricity.

But she is 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. 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 bicycles 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.

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; there was a kitchen in the house used to fix-your-own or eat what Mom cooked.

It’s a crying-shame that we didn’t have the green-thing back then!


About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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