Sunday, May 23, 2010


----- Original Message -----

From: Julie Brenden

To: Mom and Dad

Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 11:52 AM

Subject: AAADD

Recently, I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D.

- Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to wash my car.

As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on

the hall table. 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

trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full.

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

the trash first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I

take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only

one check left

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go 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 splash some water on the flowers, but most 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 aren't watered, there is still only one check in my

checkbook, 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!




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