Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Like the corners of my mind

I'm a little concerned about my future.

I'm concerned that I'm going to be one of those old people who lives to be 100 but can't remember his children when they come and visit.
And with good reason too.

First of all, if genetics has anything to do with anything, then I'm officially screwed - because BOTH of my grandmothers had serious dementia in their final years.

My dad's mom used to sit on the couch and watch for the milk wagon to come down the street, the same way she did when she was 12. My mom's mom eventually couldn't remember any of us and became bitter because she thought my mom was stealing all of her money.

Now every time I forget where I left my keys I begin to worry that I'm a few cans short of a full milk wagon myself. Especially since the last few months I have forgotten several important commitments. For example, one day I was sitting at my desk at 9:00 when my boss called me. "Hey Jeff, based on the fact that you're answering your phone I would say you're not going to be joining me here for our meeting?"

Oops. I was supposed to be at a meeting with him 60 miles away that morning, but somehow completely forgot.

Then last week I was driving around in Minneapolis and I happened to notice a billboard advertising the MS Walk here in St. Cloud. The same MS Walk I had signed up for earlier and had promised a good friend (who has MS) that I would participate in.

Sonofabitch!

Of course, there is a funny side to all of this. Check out this transcript from one of my favorite SNL characters of all time. Oh and gee, what a coincidence - his name is Jeff too!

Anyway, hopefully these are just isolated dumbshit moments and I have nothing to worry about. But I am seriously concerned that when I'm old I'm going to be one of those people that need to have a "staff" to watch over me, or an ankle bracelet in case I wander away from home and get lost in my own neighborhood.

But not as concerned as my wife.

19 comments:

Gale said...

Suggestion: when you commit - jot it down on a calendar - several times - tie a string around your finger - plus get your wife to remind you....just a thought. And besides if you do come down with a slight case of dementia. Every day is brand new.

onetallmomma said...

Jeff, I forget, FORGOT, to register my 4th child for kindergarten. They let me do it 3 months late. I pleaded early dementia.

I have this theory, which has yet to be proven by medical science. Each placenta from my four births contained a piece of my short term memory. And I want it back....now. Before I lose a kid.

Wickwire said...

Well when you start forgetting how to play the harmonica then you can start to worry. I think you're just too busy and Gale is on to something with the calendar idea. I wish I saw that SNL skit. Sounds funny.

cathouse teri said...

Okay, I was about to comment, and got all distracted by onetallmomma's comment that she forgot to register her child for kindergarten and did it three months late. You mean, the child was IN SCHOOL without having been enrolled for three months?

I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one forgetting things. I have no idea why that gives me any consolation. It's not like we can start a club. I mean, we'd forget to attend meetings!

Dan said...

Jeez, I was going to say something witty and I totally forgot what it was.

Jeez ... something about ... oh, never mind.

Jess Riley said...

"Hey, I'M from San Bernadino, too!"

I always forget important things. It makes me anxious, which makes me forget more. And the cycle continues. I think we're all susceptible.

yellojkt said...

Remembering names has always been a problem with me and now it's getting worse. Coworkers, clients, friends, and spouses are all blurring together.

Bill said...

I think there is a Billism that says, "A short pencil is better than a long memory." If not, you can add that wisdom.

Harmonica Man said...

Hey - I'd like to welcome Teri and Dan to my peanut gallery. Please stop by again sometime. And maybe, if I'm lucky, I'll remember who you are ;-)

Sandy said...

Wait...was what your post about?

:)

Mama Drama Jenny said...

I have the same concern. I have serious (not just the usual stuff) memory problems. I've lost really important parts of my life because of it. That's one of the primary reasons why I blog. If I don't it's like part of my life never happened. Even now when I read some of my stuff from a year ago I think "really? that happened? I wrote this?"

Sigh. Now I'm all depressed. Luckily I'll forget about it soon.

deborah said...

I thought mine was due to my migraines. I guess everyone has issues. I love that skit! Unfortunately, it's way too familiar. Good luck with that, Jeff.

Mom Thumb said...

A few days ago I arrived at the golf course only to discover that I'd forgotten my phone, my sun block, my hat and something else but I can't remember what. That night I spent half a movie totally confused because I thought Leonardo DiCapprio and Matt Damon were the same character. Whatever.

Emma Sometimes said...

three words

Su Do Ku

Oh, wait....

Jennine said...

I'm tellin' yer mom that you said "sonofabitch"!

Harmonica Man said...

jennine - yeah, well look what you just went and said. I'm telling your mom back!

Mom said...

How about I send you the nice leather covered day planner I have in my gift drawer?

wayabetty said...

Uh, I'm 38 and I don't remember what I had for lunch the day before, I supposed it's this pregnancy. I'll be having a "staff" to help me in my old age too.

Carla said...

I SWEAR that I am in the early stages of Alzheimers. I forget words....words are how I communicate damnit and when forget it truly frightens me. I cried during the movie the Notebook, because I could SO see myself in the old ladies place. Meet you in Dementia...