Old age comes with a variety of aches and inconveniences that we all dread to experience for ourselves. Our eyesight gets worse, our hearing fades, and sometimes we lose control of our bodies in ways that we never imagined. One thing that we hope will not happen, however, is memory loss. I watched it happen to one of my grandparents, and it is one of the most stressful things for everyone involved. For them, they worry about forgetting people and special moments in time. For us, we worry that one day they won’t recognize us when we come over to visit. For this couple, they had a slightly different sort of problem!
An 80 year old couple were having problems remembering things, so they decided to go to their doctor to get checked out to make sure nothing was wrong with them. When they arrived at the doctor’s, they explained to the doctor about the problems they were having with their memory.
After checking the couple out, the doctor tells them that they were physically okay but might want to start writing things down and make notes to help them remember things. The couple thanked the doctor and left.
Later that night while watching TV, the old man got up from his chair and his wife asks, “Where are you going?”
He replies, “To the kitchen.”
She asks, “Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”
He replies, “Sure.”
She then asks him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?”
He says, “No, I can remember that.”
She then says, “Well, I also would like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down cause I know you’ll forget that.”
He says, “I can remember that, you want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”
She replies, “Well, I also would like whip cream on top. I know you will forget that so you better write it down.”
With irritation in his voice, he says, “I don’t need to write that down, I can remember that.” He then fumes into the kitchen.
After about 20 minutes he returns from the kitchen and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs.
She stares at the plate for a moment and says, “You forgot my toast.”
It looks like this couple is going through short-term memory loss, but this joke always makes me laugh. This couple is just too cute! She isn’t even mad at him because she forgot what she wanted as well! My dad always used to say that he wasn’t losing his memory, “I just don’t care about what I ate for breakfast this morning. I’d rather remember the important things.” You know, he has a point.