After I sat in the drive-through lane at Wendy’s for five minutes only to discover that I was sitting behind a parked car, which explained why the line wasn’t moving, I decided to reflect upon the perils of absent-mindedness.
1) Traffic stoppage. I have sat at a four-way stop sign waiting for the light to change, wondering why the people behind me were so impatient. (Note to self: Stop signs won’t change to green.)
2) Unnecessary car repairs. Mark and I had to swap cars one day. I was in the Ford Escape, and became quite annoyed when it wouldn’t start – only to realize that I had been pressing the air conditioning on/off button in a vain attempt to get the car to start, rather than putting the key in the ignition. (My Hyundai has a push button start.) I was grateful to have discovered this before I called for a wrecker.
3) Retracing steps. I work in an office building with three flights of stairs, and I am on the top floor. It can be quite inconvenient to leave my office, travel down to the basement, forget what I came for, and have to travel back up again three flights to the point of beginning to remember what I needed. Good exercise though!
4) Retracing steps, part deux. I have been known to walk through the house repeating over and over again the item that I need to carry back to a particular room just to be sure I don’t forget.
5) Retracing steps, part trois. (Ha! And you thought I didn’t know French. Actually, I don’t; I’m just guessing that “trois” means “three” in French – it could be the French version of Troy for all I know.) I also have had to turn the car around at various points along various routes because I forgot to stop at the one place that I had intended to travel to when I left my point of origin.
6) Taking extra trips to the store. I have been known to leave the house for one specific item from the grocery store, return back 30 minutes later with $100 worth of groceries, and realize that I never did get the one thing that I really needed.
7) Finding food in odd places. I have found the peanut butter, and various non-refrigerated items in the refrigerator; I have found the ice cream in the refrigerator and not the freezer; I have found the milk in the cupboard once or twice.
8) Voice overuse. My family has become very patient about repeating their menu choices – I ask in the den, take the ten steps to the kitchen, and realize that I have forgotten what they said, and have to call out the question again from the kitchen.
9) Poor wardrobe choices. Wearing your night-clothes to work is normally not recommended. Wait – that’s just a dream I had! I have, however, discovered that I was wearing mis-matched shoes.
10) Giving adult responsibility to a 10-year-old. My daughter has learned quickly to remind me to stop somewhere when she sees that I am about to miss a turn. I am very grateful that she has not learned to comment upon the phenomenon.
11) Having something to laugh about – Priceless!
Have a great day!
Nancy, I’d like to say that we all do that – I really would like to say that 🙂 However……..
Very, very funny post 🙂
Yes, I think I’ve taken it to a whole new level!
This reminds me, buy more Ginko!
Does it work?
Other than walking up and down stairs at work (only because I don’t have a job) I have done most everything on your list.
Forgetting the main item at the grocery store, forgetting something from one room to the next, putting things in the wrong spots … been there, done it all. For some reason my mind has now decided to believe the cups are now in the cupboard where the plates have been for the past 24 years. 😦
We just got a new car a month or so ago, and I am still trying to use the windshild wiper lever on the steering column to shift (that is now on the floor).
My question — What are we going to be like when we get older???
We probably will carry around a lot of post-it notes and other memory aids….. 🙂