Hooray! They have finally found a diagnosis for my condition. I have AAADD. Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it goes:
I decide to wash the car: I start toward the garage and notice the mail on the table. Ok, I’m going to wash the car. Bt first I’m going to go through the mail.
I lay the car keys down on the desk, discard the junk mail and I notice the trash can is full. OK, I’ll just put the bills on my desk and take the trash can out, but since I’m going to be near the mailbox anyway, I’ll pay those few bills first.
Now where is my checkbook? Oops there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk.
Oh, there’s the coke I was drinking. I’m going to look for those checks. But first I need to put my coke further away from the computer, oh maybe I’ll pop it into the fridge to keep it cold for awhile.
I head towards the kitchen and my flowers catch my eye, they need some water. I set the coke on the counter and uh oh! There are my glasses. I was looking for them all morning. I better put them away first. I fill the container with water and head for the flowerpots — Aaagh!
Someone left the remote in the kitchen. We’ll never think to look in the kitchen tonight when we want to watch television so I’d better put it back in the family room where it belongs.
I splash some water into the pots and onto the floor, I throw the remote onto a soft cushion on the sofa and head back down the hall trying to figure out what it was I was going to do.
End of the Day: The car isn’t washed, the bills are still unpaid and the coke is sitting on the kitchen counter, the flowers are half watered, the checkbook still only has one check in it and I can’t seem to find my car keys!
When I try to figure out how come nothing got done today, I’m baffled because I know I was busy all day long! I realize that this is a serious condition and I’ll get help, but first I think I’ll check my email…
Please send this to everyone you know because I don’t remember if I sent it or not!
As we age we value time more and more.
Perhaps one has to be very old before one learns to be amused rather than shocked.
Pearl S. Buck
If you think time is flying by way too fast, just wait till you get to be my age. Everything I do takes more time. Before the day ends, I only manage to do half of what I used to do. I’m up early every morning and so appreciate that time of day. I do my prayers, my scripture readings and daily devotions, I write a blog post and send a daily email to my loved ones. I enjoy a couple of cups of good coffee and before I know it, it’s almost noon.
I think I make good use of my time and value every every minute I get, still time passes by fast and it’s evening before I’m barely started.
I do make plans and set goals, but what I hope to accomplish in one day, very often takes up most of the week. As I sit here typing the washer and dryer are doing their jobs, but the laundry may not get put away until tomorrow.
Still and all I am enjoying every bit of my old age and am thankful for it. I like to think I’ve mellowed as I’ve aged and things that used to be important no longer matter, but the important things in my life: my faith, my family and friends matter more and more.
Time is too short to be anything else but happy !
Do not deprive me of my age. I have earned it.