Friday, January 23, 2009

What I've Forgotten


I was doing a little thinking this morning about getting older and well......memory loss.

I was scheduled to meet a friend, to pick up her daughter. She called to see if we were all still on schedule. I said, "Were we planning to meet at _____ or _____ intersection? She said, "Remember, we decided to meet at the ______ restaurant near your house?" I could not believe I had let this slip my mind.

How can a person forget something like that after only a couple of days? It is a strange phenomenon, let me tell you!

It's not like this is the first time something has slipped my mind. I am after all, in my mid forties. Eeeek! I don't like to admit that, but I have to face the fact that on my birthday next month I will be smack dab in the middle of my forties. My husband has tried to tell me, for the last couple of years, that I am in my mid forties. I tell him it's not true! But, knowing that I'm going to hit the birthday that is between 44 and 46 soon, I guess it is true.

Several years ago - I forget how many (ha!) I started to forget about things that happened years ago, when my older children were growing up. It really kind of came as a shock, so unexpected.

I have conversations with my children, and they say something like, "Do you remember when we did such and such?" Sometimes I remember, and sometimes I don't. I don't like this at all! How can there be pieces of their childhoods missing from my memory? Sometimes I can't remember which child used which cute baby word, etc.

I am glad that my children will be around to tell me the stories from their childhoods. But, what will I do when they hit their mid-forties?

I do so wish the brain and how it works was something we could control. I'd like to be able to just open a file drawer and take out the memory folder I'm looking for.

What happens after the mid-forties? Tell me it's not all down hill from here!

8 comments:

OH MY #6 said...

this happens to me now and then. I honestly believe it is stress related. Not always bad stress. It can be good stress too.

Not to worry my friend. I don't think you are heading to the home away from home just yet.

I know what you mean. It is weard when it happens.

Lea
xo

PS. You talented BLOGGY friend. I love the new changes.

OH MY #6 said...

I think I forgot how to spell weird, above! LOL!

Terry said...

Laura you are so funny...I would tell you what happens after your fortys, but I'm sure you'd forget it...besides, I don't remember....

Lauryn said...

I'm half your age and I forget stuff like this ALL the time! Just ask my husband. :)

(PS - Did I get my math wrong? Are you 46 1/2 this year? Teehee.)

Nancy said...

Uggg...I know all too well what you mean. It is truly scary. I hope I'm not following in my mother's footsteps. I do know that when I'm eating healthy and getting regular exercise, I'm much more with it. Now let's see...that was back in the '90's :)

day by day said...

Oh, the fourth decade is rough, isn't it? lol!!

Hope you are having a great week-end!!

Anita said...

SO, SO glad to hear I'm not the only doing this. Honestly, it can be downright frustrating occasionally...like when Kaylin says something so cute and I can't get it down quick enough...UGH! Ah well...she'll be young when I'm old and will have LOTS of extra brain cells to help her old momma! :)

Jean said...

I know exactly what you mean- it is a total blank out not just an oops I forgot- it is a little scary! I think it is a hormone thing. It doesn't keep getting worse- thank goodness- it plateaus and stays the same but I have to put effort in not forgetting some important stuff (like children). Most of the days I live in oblivious bliss and don't worry about what I am forgetting! (because I can't remember it anyways). I'm sorry, the future is not pretty ;-)
Blessings,
Jean