Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fretting Forgetting



Of all the things I miss,
I think I miss my mind the most.

Have I said that before? Probably. Humour me. Chemo brain on the loose again...

Such silly little things. Such a big ego. Today I was running an errand or two for my dear 84 year old poppa' bear.

Dad...if you are reading this, do turn away. Go check the latest family shenanigans on Facebook.

For the rest of you, I guess I am looking for a bit of sympathy...empathy...pity...maybe.

Dad had called me earlier and asked me to pick up a gift certificate from the local bistro and take it over to his friend's place. It was a nice birthday gift. It was a nice gesture. Now if I could have only found a nice way to tell him I forgot to stop and pick it up, then it wouldn't have been so bad.

I arrived at Dad's and lo and behold, I looked him in the eye and suddenly became aware that I had neglected to do the task. Panic took over and I immediately dashed out to fulfill my duty. I left Dad in a whir and uttered something about being right back. I think he is getting used to my fretful forgetful moments.

The lovely gal in the restaurant, chatted away to me and I nodded and smiled. She nicely prepared the certificate. I thanked her and dashed out the door reminding myself not to toss the gift card into the depths of my delightfully lovely oversize, teal carry on bag.

I got to my car, pressed my keyless lock on my keychain. Nothing. I pressed it again. Still nothing. I noticed the time and looked around the parking lot for anyone who might be staring at a full grown middle aged nitwit talking to her key chain.

I tried the driver's side door, just incase it was already open and I didn't hear the familiar 'click.'

Wouldn't open. I went around the other side and did the same. Panic and confusion filled any available recesses of sanity and I wondered what to do next. Then a trickle of hope tickled my inner child as I remembered that there was a telephone number on my rear window. I would call and they would pop my locks.


Suddenly I had a burst of sanity and my inner child whispered, "You dope...try the key in the lock first."

I fiddled with my keys and found the one that should have opened the door. I fiddled and tried the seven or eight keys on my chain. What was going on? None fit. I looked inside the car, and to my chagrin...I didn't recognize the tidy inners. The folded blanket. The dangling chain. I saw the neatly placed items in the little cup holders and realized that I'd just been trying to break into someone else's car.

I talked to my keychain once again and glanced around the parking lot. I tried not to make eye contact with anyone who might have spotted the strange lady trying to break into the car at the downtown restaurant.
Three cars over I spotted it. Another car just like mine with all the lights on, doors unlocked, the trunk ajar. It really was mine this time. I sheepishly meandered over, closed the trunk, slid into the driver's seat and buckled up. :)

I'm really hoping no one got me on video...small towns are great but I really don't want it to be official that I am going slightly cuckoo (yet.) Sigh.

6 comments:

Amanda said...

ONLY YOU MOM!!! I'm sorry but I'm laughing hysterically at you right now!! I hope someone did get this on video and are sending it to AFV (America's Funniest Videos!) ;0) At least you can't blame this one on your dear granddaughter (this time!!)

Janet Sketchley said...

Ah, Glynis, I'm sorry it happened, because I know if it were me I'd be stressed out and upset. And I'm more sorry you're dealing with chemo brain. Not a good thing at all.

But thanks for putting a funny spin on it. If we can laugh, it's not so bad. And the car owner didn't catch you in the act of breaking in! Nor did you successfully get in only to have him/her show up then!

Glynis said...

Amanda...that's my girl...turning it into a positive! Yes, AFV - that could mean $10,000! Then I wouldn't mind my stupidity being captured on video.
And, Janet, how absolutely true that is about being relieved that I was not caught in the act by the owner of said car! I would have died a thousand deaths and can almost guarantee I would have tried to talk my way out of it and would have come off sounding like the village idiot. Thanks for the encouragement! You are a doll! :) Now where did I put those earrings I just bought yesterday? Really...no joke...sigh...

Lori said...

YOU MAKE ME LAUGH!!!!!! You keep referring to chemo brain....what's my excuse??

Glynis said...

Baby Brain, Lori. And even better in your case, Twin Syndrome Brain Cell Depletion! :) x

Melissa said...

I had a nice little chuckle! We all do it, its called being human, so Welcome! heheheh