Being Green (Mother Nature) by Sea-Change

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Being Green

I am really happy with how this has turned out. And just today this article on “Being Green” was circulating on Facebook and thought it tied in with this image rather well. I don’t have any information on who wrote it, so I can’t credit it to them, but I think it is excellent

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.”
The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment f or future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
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 truely recycled.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
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 schoolbooks. 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.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway 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 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 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 streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms 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 computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger 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?

Created in Photoshop

Credits -
Background – Dezzan_Stock
Clock Face – stockproject1
Model – mjranam_stock
Earth – Fast_Eddie
Textures – darkrose42, nac_nud

Photo taken with a Canon 5D Mk ll

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  • Linda Lees
    Linda Leesabout 2 years ago

    21 January 2013

  • Thankyou Linda :)

    – Sea-Change

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 2 years ago


  • Thanks so very much for the feature :)

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  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...about 2 years ago

    beautiful – stunning work – no way could I NOT feature it!

  • Oh wow!! What a lovely compliment, thankyou so very very much Jane :)

    – Sea-Change

  • JonnisArt
    JonnisArtabout 2 years ago

    An amazing creation, great image.

  • Thanks very much JonnisArt for your lovely comment :)

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  • CRose
    CRoseabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your well-deserved Feature!
    CRose: 01-21-13

  • Fantastic!! Thanks so much for featuring my work in your group :)

    – Sea-Change

  • walela
    walelaabout 2 years ago

    A nice one!

  • Thankyou Walela :)

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  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 2 years ago

    Another beautiful, magical image!!

  • Thanks so much Lynn :)

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  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 2 years ago

    01-21-13 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

  • Oh Kira !! Thanks ever so much for the feature, very much appreciated :)

    – Sea-Change

  • flyrod
    flyrodabout 2 years ago

  • Many thanks Flyrod :)

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  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindabout 2 years ago

  • Thankyou so much :)

    – Sea-Change

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