2014-04-25 / Columnists

Slice of Life

Thanks For The Memories Whatever They Were
By Beth Hanning

Over the last year I have written a few columns about the aging process. Since my mother passed away at 40 I feel she never was able to educate me on the aging process. I had no idea how bad things were going to get and I cannot believe since I have turned 40 how certain items have diminished so quickly. 1. My eyesight: I remember mocking people when they were adjusting something they were trying to read and moving it farther away from their line of sight. Well, that is now me. Any type of small print has to be an arm’s length away from me. Which leads me into something else: Why do the clothing manufacturers write the care instructions so tiny?! That is what I have the hardest time reading. Arm’s length is not far enough. I feel like I need a magnifying glass. I have heard from a few people I have to cave in and get those glasses they sell in the drugstore. 2. My memory: I remember as a child my hilarious Aunt Katie telling me she suffered from CRS. As a child I thought it was a medical condition. As I got older Aunt Katie explained that it was called Can’t Remember Sh*t. I have that condition and I truly believe that it is a medical condition. I cannot remember anything. I have to write everything down, and not on a slip of paper, because I will obviously lose that slip of paper. I have to input everything into a digital calendar immediately and put reminders on that calendar to alert me ahead of time. The lack of memory has caused quite a few issues with my husband and my daughters. I insist that no one tells me anything, but can they really be lying about so many events? When I texted my daughter, who was downstairs from me and I am too old and lazy to walk to ask her if she had some anecdotes about my memory, she responded: “Everything lol: Sweet 16s, school, lifeguarding, golf.”

I am sitting here wondering what I forgot about those events…The irony is I cannot even remember what I have forgotten.

After reflecting on my memory issues and realizing how bad it is, maybe I will go back to the old fashioned calendars and actually write down events on a large calendar in the kitchen. I will check it every day and require everyone to submit important events on there. Obviously the digital calendar is not working.

*** I see everyone had a great Easter. Thanks for all of the Easter basket posts on social media. I was a bit worried that the Easter Bunny would not make it this year and I was so relieved when I scrolled through and saw all of the candy and gifts the children received. Have a great week everyone. *****

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