Every so often when I’m out hiking, I’ll start making stupid mistakes, due in large part to the heat.
For instance, I’ll go into a store to buy a bottle of water. I present it at the cash register, the cashier rings it up and bags it, and then he stops and looks at me.
I wait politely for this cashier to correct whatever little error he’s made.
The cashier’s friendly smile is actually restrained laughter. The cashier repeats himself, “So that’s $ 1.19; and will that be cash or credit?”
A beat, then … it dawns on me & I blurt out, “OH! I pay you now.”
“Yes,” the cashier affirms like a pleased gameshow host.
At this point we both quip about how the heat can play the darndest tricks on people, and he tells me to be careful out there. I thank him and walk out the door – being slow & mindful on my trek.
Similarly I’m extra careful when crossing the street and walking through parking lots.