Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

I usually ignore those all-too-cute forwards that I regularly get , but the following hit so close to home that I thought I’d share. Apologies in advance if you’ve seen it already….

I decide to wash my car. As I start toward to the

garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table.

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

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail

in the trash can under the table, and notice that the

trash can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and

take out the trash first, but then I think that since

I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the

trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table and see that there

is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk

in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the can

of Coke that I had been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to

push the Coke aside so that I don’t accidentally knock

it over.

I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I

should put it in the refrigerator 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 to be


I set the Coke down on the counter and I discover my

reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all


I decide I’d 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 I spot the TV

remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight, when we go to watch TV, we

will be looking for the remote, but nobody will

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 splash some water on the flowers, but most of it

spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down 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 aren’t watered, there is

still only one check in my checkbook, 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 long and I’m really tired.