.remember when.....Checking out at the grocery store recently, the young cashier suggested I should bring my own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment. I apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days." The clerk 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 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 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 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 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 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 2,000 miles 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? Please post this on your Facebook profile so another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smarty-pants young person can add to this...lol
Reposted from a friend on FB.
This has been an interesting year with the economic whirlwind with people trying to hang into their jobs and keep their finances afloat. I had the enduring task of many physical therapy sessions resulting from a car hitting me last Thanksgiving while yielding to oncoming emerging emergency vehicles off Loop 360. Was in the physical and water therapy until October and will begin again as soon as the months warm up to get into the pool again. Hopefully, it will warm up soon. While I it was a challenge to do during the day and work on the overnight shifts at night, I am grateful that my range of arm movement is beginning to slowly come back around (estimation is for another year to be fully recovered).
I am so grateful for family and friends who kept encouraging me throughout the year. Some may never realize how much they were encouraging me, but they were; some were giving me so much encouragement throughout the year that I feel that I can do nothing enough to repay them, but I really appreciated having them at my back and then some.
I am so grateful and proud of my daughter. She has had a trying year with studying for nursing, keeping up with Kaeden, getting accepted in the nursing program to be a RN soon, getting a PT job at Seton Hospital as a CA beginning in January 2010 to get some hands on experience before graduating from the nursing program, and challenged by the relationship she has with Aaron at this time. While she has gone through a lot, she is standing tall and forging ahead with great determination and I can't tell you when I have been more proud of her.
I am grateful for my granddaughter who never ceases to amaze me as she grows throughout the year, speaking incessantly of an Abby she knows from school who I have yet to meet! lol.... She brings a great deal of joy and laughter into this world as she moves from the toddler twos to the terrific threes. Although she doesn't know where to stop drawing at times, she is really a great, lovable child.
I am grateful for the fellow advocates that I work with as well. We are constantly learning from each other on how to become better advocates, as if that is possible for some -- as I feel that I am learning from the best on earth.
I am grateful for those I work with dj-ing. There is a great sense of family among us and we love helping each other out whenever possible and maintain peace from those who try to bring drama influences. Working with these folks this year has made me really realize how many family units I truly have bringing peace, happiness, and the joy of music to as many that we can possibly influence.
I am grateful for Laurie Zieber too who brought me on her show this year, SHE SPEAKS TO INSPIRE on Blog Talk Radio. She certainly is a bundle of inspiration in herself and I was fortunate to be a part of her mission this year; and, hopefully, in years to come.
I'm grateful to Lymph World and other lymphedema advocates who have made it possible for me to get some treatments and garments that help my lymphedema be not so bad this year; or, at least, much more manageable. From them, I've learned so much more about speaking up for myself. While I find it easy to advocate for others, it has been a great journey about advocating for myself as well much more so than I have ever been able to do in the past - especially with regard to the lymphedema condition.
I'm also grateful for my friends that play Lexulous and the other games on FB. I haven't played games enough in the years past for some reason. They have allowed me to slow down and relax to enjoy some of the games from time to time... (lol... well, it seems more than just from time to time these days because the games can be addictive at times, but all in all it has been pure enjoyment to do so).
I'm grateful for Facebook bringing me back in touch with many of my high school friends, many of them that I lost contact with over the last 30 years. The youth of today have no idea how lucky they are to have all this technology at their hands to help them keep in contact with one another. 30 years might not seem all that long ago for some folks - but, you have to remember too that internet wasn't fully utilized until the late 80s at best, more so though in the 90s. We've come a long, long ways with improving our means to be connected with others over the years.
Oh, my goodness. I could go on a long list of family and friends and never be able to personally tell them all how much they have meant to me, but please know that you are all treasures in my heart in one way or another.
Moving forward to 2010 - can you believe???
Just think if all that we did in 2009 will be with even more awe in 2010, what could that possibly be?
In work we talked about making intentions and mission statements instead of resolutions for the new year, which often we set ourselves up for failure with. So as I am ending this 2009 year, I have beem reflecting upon what I could possibly come up with....
I think that it would probably be best to say...
I am going to continue to try to inspire others in all the ways that I can - whether it through blogging, music, photography, art, on the hotline, writing a novel, having my own show on blog talk radio, or any of the numerous creative ways that I can come up. My mission will be to find just how many ways creativity will allow.
How many do you think that will be?
Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful new year; may it be both prosperous and fulfilling in what ever path your journey may take you this coming new year!!
(aka Kat, Kathy, DJ Devine, Mom, Mema, etc. lol...)