Saturday, 9 May 2009

For all us old people

Thanks to T for this.

AAADD: Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the verandah table that I brought in from the mailbox earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, if I'm going through my mail anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my chequebook off the table, and see that there is only one cheque left.
My new chequebook is in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke I'd been drinking.

The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye - they need water.

I put the Coke on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realise that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:
the car isn't washed
the bills aren't paid
there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
the flowers don't have enough water,
there is still only one cheque in my chequebook,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day and I'm really tired.

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4 comments:

ali g said...

At least at the end of the day you can still remember what you forgot. That capability has long since passed me by..Claude says to say hello. just who are you anyway?

Steve Hayes said...

Sounds familiar.

Trev said...

where am I ...what am I doing here...

Juno said...

Oh, that is a wonderful picture of you Mur.