When I was 18 years old, an older man who I was working with (he called
me laddie) told me the world had changed in Scotland for him, when people
started to drink coffee instead of tea and coca cola instead of whisky.
I thought immediately of a song from Bob Dylan, but as he was older
than me I showed respect for him and shut up.
What I wanted to tell him was that Bob Dylan sang in his song
“Times They Are A-changin” is that things change and if you
do not go with the flow, you will be stuck talking about the past.
Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don’t criticize what you don’t understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend a hand
For the times they are a-changin’
I think of him as I sip my daily coffee and enjoy white tea. He
would be disappointed in me as I rarely drink alcohol either.