The older man was having a tough time retrieving the money out of his wallet. It was no big deal to me, but the sales clerk was clearly getting annoyed. She was drumming one of her hands on the cash drawer and acting like she would get paid more if only the guy would move faster.
After paying, the guy grabbed his bag then turned to apologize to me for being so slow. I told him "Don't worry, I'm in no hurry."
His response was "Yeah? The weather ain't what it used to be."
I have spent the rest of my day trying to figure out what that meant. Did he mis-hear me? Was it a metaphor for something profound? Did I mis-hear him?
I mean, he's not wrong... but in what way?
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Pretty sure he was apologizing for his arthritis, which is more painful depending on the weather.
Sounds to me like another way to say “the time they are a changin’.”
Indeed they are.