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June 28, 2014

Despite friends' efforts I still forget things

The other night, my friend Sherri called my cell phone to remind me that I was suppose to be in her backyard sitting on comfy lawn chairs with the rest of our friends.

“Hello to you,” she zealously announced. “It is I (mimicking what I say when identifying myself). We are all here waiting for you! Remember? Ladies night? Outside under the pergola? Appetizers?

Long pause.

No, I had not remembered.

And there were definitely no appetizers.

I was, in fact, sitting on hard wood chairs in the dining room with my husband feasting on homemade beef and vegetable soup and flaky biscuits dripping with butter and honey.

I had not only forgotten to meet my friends, but I had no recollection of the conversation during which we supposedly set the date and the menu.

Sherri assured me that we indeed had made the plans, just five days before while having dinner at Great China Buffet.

“Yes, yes, you remember,” my friend encouragingly said.

Another long pause.

Did I?

No, I had not remembered.

I do, mysteriously enough remember eating four steamed dumplings with ginger sauce, crab Rangoon, a few pieces of General Tso’s chicken, fried rice with carrots and bits of onion, sautéed mushrooms, garlic green beans, vegetable lo mein, six shrimp thieved out of a pan labeled Seafood Delight, freshly sliced watermelon, and two almond cookies.

I have recently come to the conclusion that the problem of forgetting things is happening more and more frequently.

I not only forget dates and where I am suppose to be on any given day, but misplace all sorts of items with great efficiency.

My husband found the milk carton in the glass and coffee cup closet. I am on an hour-by-hour hunt for my reading glasses. Folded clothing ends up in a laundry vortex never to be found again. Important papers, hiding in the pot and pan drawer, emerge months later. A rogue pencil was recently found in the knife area of the utensil holder.

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