Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. -
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it
develops:

I decide to water my garden.

As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my
car and decide my car needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail
on the porch table that I brought up from the mailbox
earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in
the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can
is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take
out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox,
when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the
bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is
only 1 check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the
study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find
the can of Coke that I had been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push
the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should
put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of
flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be
watered.

I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my
reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm
going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container
with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.

I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be
looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on
the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den
where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it
spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on
the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was
planning to do.

At the end of the day:

----the car isn't washed,

----the bills aren't paid,

----there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter,

----the flowers don't have enough water,

----there is still only 1 check in my check book,

----I can't find the remote,

----I can't find my glasses,

----and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done
today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day
long, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get
some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

Do me a favor, will you? Forward this message to everyone
you know, because I don't remember to whom it has been
sent.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!

GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY.
GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL.
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF IS THERAPEUTIC.

P.S. I just remembered.
I LEFT THE WATER RUNNING IN THE DRIVEWAY!

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