Thursday, June 2, 2011
Every time I saw him, he was scaring the shit out of me about something: don't park next to vans, don't blast your car's A/C when you first start it up, don't wear overalls (what?). But you might want to consider that Nigerian prince's offer cuz that one seems pretty legit.
Many of the jokes were about being old, senility, dementia, Viagra, etc. I remember one of them, which described a scene of "roomnesia", where the person was going from room to room trying to accomplish something but getting continuously distracted and forgetting what the original mission was. But the tasks and distractions were pretty normal stuff: paying bills, taking a phone call, looking for a stamp, etc.
It struck me that this happens to me all of the time, but perhaps the sequence of events aren't the stuff of viral email jokes. Take the following as an example...
Audrey was in an ABA session with Raven, and, it being the first hot summer day, I decide that I really must take advantage of the free time and shave the winter's growth off of my legs. It's way too big of a job to do in the shower, so hunker down on the bath tub ledge with my sharpened machetes and get ready to have at it.
I notice some kind of green leafy thing congealed to the side of the tub. I remember that when Audrey puked a week or two ago I'd shaken out some of the sheets and towels into my bath tub. I'd cleaned the tub (I swear) and Audrey had even taken several baths since then, but somehow there was still this hunka hunka upchuck stuck on the near side of the tub that I must've missed.
Completely grossed out, I get up and go to my bedroom to get a Kleenex to remove it, wondering if that will suffice or if a sandblaster will be necessary. I notice that Audrey and Raven are now up in her bedroom, and Audrey is rifling through her drawers. She's still in her pj's and has decided that she needs to go out on her bike right that minute. She's pulling out winter clothes because I still haven't done the whole winter-to-summer drawer switcheroo yet, so I stop her, dig out some summer clothes, and get her dressed.
I escort her back downstairs to help her find some shoes so that she doesn't go out in her snow boots. In the meantime, my husband has decided to whip up some probiotic-rich, homemade coconut kefir and the kitchen is covered in bits of coconut flesh and its sticky juice. The ants are already amassing at the border, so I stop to clean it up.
But the counter also has a bunch of papers, mail, and crap on it so I have to move that stuff first. I see some forms from Easter Seals that are already late and I start in on those. My husband is watching some JFK and Viet Nam documentary and I get distracted by that. The forms are more detailed than I thought so I throw them back onto the pile on my desk and finish cleaning up the kitchen.
I finally start back upstairs and just as I get up there Audrey comes in wailing "MY MOM IS GOOOOONE!!" I go back downstairs to show my face and talk her down from the ledge (when am I ever gone????). Then back upstairs, I dig out some almost-guaranteed-not-to-fit shorts and try to squeeze into them. I look down and see my massively hairy legs. Ooooh yeah. I go into the bathroom to shave them, again notice the puked-up spinach, just as I hear Audrey running up from the basement as her session has come to an end.
I shudder to think what old age will bring. But then again it might improve my lot. I will undoubtedly have no brain cells left by then and probably wouldn't even see or notice the puke, ants, dirty kitchen counters, or the hairy legs. Bring. it. on.
Posted by Lynn at 7:29 AM