Anyone who knows me know that I enjoy people watching. Well at the gym the other day as I was getting dressed to leave, this old man, maybe in his 80’s heads towards me and says “mind if I rush past ya here?” so I slinked in closer to the locked I was in front of so he could get past with his cane a little bit easier.
As he sat down to get dressed himself, he struggled to get his own socks on. Noticing his successful struggle, I thought to myself that some day, that could be me. When I’m his age, will I struggle to put my own socks on? When I’m done putting on my socks, will I sit there feeling exhausted from such a menial task? So I thought I’d be polite and I ask “How are you doing this morning?” and he glanced up with some of the most innocent eyes I have ever seen on a person and says “Oh, just fine thank you”.
“Big weekend plans?”
“Oh, just planning on waking up every day, that’d do me just fine.”
“Sounds like a great plan to me.”
“Ya know I used to have a really nice watch…”
He reaches down and grabs his shoes out from under the bench and says “Yeah, I dropped my watch into my shoes and wasn’t able to pick it up, so I went and showered and when I came back, it was gone.”
“Someone took your watch right out of your shoe?”
“Yep, moral of the story is don’t leave anything in your shoe.”
“When did that happen?”
“Earlier this week.”
“That’s terrible, I’m sorry to hear that.”
After that it was casual small talk as I worked my way out of the locker room. This old man seemed like the nicest, most polite guy, and some dirtbag jacked his watch that was sitting inside his shoe. Sad.