Age Activation Attention Disorder (fun poem on distractions in a day – grin!) (Aug. 2006)

Susan's Thursday morning note August 11, 2006 
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder (AAADD) fun writing (grin)
(Unknown Writer of Poem Below)

Recently, I was diagnosed with Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder (AAADD).

This is how it manifests:

I decide to wash my car. But, as I start toward the garage, I spot the mail on the hall table.

I might as well check the mail for bills before I wash the car.

I lay the car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, but notice that the trash can is full.

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

Since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash, I might as well pay the bills first.

I see my checkbook on the table, but there is only one check left.

My extra checks might be in the study, so I go to my desk there, where I find the cup of coffee I had been drinking.

I’m going to look for the checks, but my coffee is getting cold and should be put back in the microwave to reheat.

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

I set the coffee on the counter, where I find the reading glasses I’ve been searching for all morning.

I better put the glasses back on the desk, but first I should water the flowers.

I set the glasses back on the counter, fill a container with water, but suddenly spot the TV remote that someone left on the kitchen table.

Tonight when we sit down to watch TV, we will look for the remote, but no one will remember that it’s on the kitchen table.

I should put the remote back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I start splashing water on the flowers, but most of it spills on the floor.

So, I put the remote back on the table, and get some towels to wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what else I planned to do today.

At the end of the day:
the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, cold coffee sits on the counter, the flowers aren’t watered, there is only one check in the 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.

It’s quite baffling trying to figure out why nothing got done because I was busy all day long — and I’m really tired.

I know this might be a serious problem, and I’ll try to call my doctor to get some help for it —
but first I better check my e-mail.