(NaturalNews) The other day I was shopping in a local natural food store when the cashier asked me if I wanted a plastic bag or a paper bag. I said I wanted a plastic bag because I used them at home for trash. She looked at me strangely and said that paper would be more environmentally friendly. I smiled and stuck with the plastic.
As I was leaving the store I flashed back on my childhood growing up in the 40s and 50s and smiled.
In those years milk was delivered to our home in bottles. When finished we would leave them on the back porch for the milkman to pick up where they were sent back to the milk company to be washed, sterilized, refilled and redelivered.
Back then stairs everywhere were the norm. Escalators were not in every store, and an elevator was run by an elevator guy that did more than just push a button and even department stores had stairs that took you up to the next floor. If we needed groceries we would walk to the store instead of driving a couple of blocks and spending a fortune on gasoline.
Mothers used to wash diapers because throwaways had not been created yet.
After clothes came out of the washing machine, if you were affluent enough to own one, the clothes were hung on a clothes' line to dry in the sun and wind instead of a super-powered dryer that created havoc on the electric bill. If you didn't own a washing machine it was common to take a trip on a bicycle with a bag of laundry to wash at the Laundromat.
Families with more than one kid used to recycle clothes until the youngest couldn't fit in them anymore. Then they were given to friends that had kids that could fit in them. To buy a new t-shirt or a new pair of jeans was a real treat and they were worn until they fell apart.
When televisions first came out I used to go upstairs to our neighbors to watch. When we finally got one we only had one. Not one in every room.
In our kitchen the only electric appliance was the refrigerator and all preparations were done by hand and cooked on the stove or in the oven, which ran on gas. Each room had one electrical outlet and we used extension cords like crazy.
To get exercise we played ball everyday or had a paper route that was facilitated by foot or bike and to get to school, walking a mile or two was matter-of-fact. And on a Saturday, if we wanted to go shopping downtown, we never thought twice about taking the bus.
Our moms were stay-at-home moms and were there everyday when we got home from school.
And after football, swimming or track practice, as exhausted as we were, we simply walked home. And never once gave a thought to using our moms or dads as a "taxi" service, despite the fact that gas was only $.25 per gallon.
What I remember the most and the fondest was always respecting my parents and always listening to them. The two things that were never lacking were the sincerity and the love. It was what made family a family.
I came to Hawaii in the 70s with a backpack. Now, I have a home full of stuff and a storage locker full of stuff that I can't find a place for in the house.
There are times that I really wish I could go back to the "days gone by". It was a lot simpler then.
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