This is how I
operate. How 'bout you?
Provided by Kathy MacKay from Tiffany Q. Lyman
Does this sound familiar?
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - 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 porch table that I
brought up from the mail box 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
But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out
the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check
My extra checks are 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.
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.
The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to 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 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
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 realize 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
So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the
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 1 check in my check book
- 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 damn day, and I'm really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first
I'll check my e-mail....
Do me a favor. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember who
the hell I've sent it to.
Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your
day is coming!
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