Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Am I Mad or Just a Little Bit Crazy?

My family thinks I am nuts.

They think this because my memory has failed me, of late, more times than naught.

They think this is a unique phenomenon affecting only me.

Heaven forbid if I should repeat myself a time or two or three or four.

May the dear Lord spare me from further furtive side glances and rolling eyeballs if I should happen to re-tell a tale.

I long to never have to hear again, "Uh, Hon...We've had this conversation all ready," or the whispered concerns behind my back.

Please tell me, dear friends, that I am not alone.

Or better yet, please, please , please convince Mr. Sister and the little Sisters that this is a normal happenstance for any women of our particular age and circumstance.

Otherwise, I fear, the next knock at my door may be the men in white coats.

On a serious note: for my family and for those who would like a little more information regarding memory and peri-menopause/menopause connection I ask that you please take the time to read THIS and THIS.

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I would now like to welcome any and all new friends who have made their way over from Willoughby's Cocktail Party. Please take the time to visit an archived post or two. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have as I have plans to use those very questions in an upcoming "video" interview that will eventually be posted on my blog. (I want questions from my old blog buddies, too!) It is my sincere hope that you decide this might be a fun place to hang out from time to time. The light is always on and the door is always open.

19 comments:

Tracy said...

You are perfectly normal - or at least I think I am perfectly normal and I do that all the time. Sometimes I believe my mind is simple mush, but I tend to think of it this way - there is just so much in there that I can be excused for repeating myself or other such lapses, it is because I have a full brain!

5thsister said...

Just like a computer: memory full!

banshezmom said...

Just tell them that you've been so used to repeating yourself for the past (however many years) that you just started doing it automatically!

Anonymous said...

The one that is tiresome is when you are making a point and forget midstream what point you were making, I now just ask "Where was I going with this?" and the listener can usually clue me in. If not I start a different conversation.

Just laugh it off and .....oh well, where was I going with this???

Elaine

Raoulysgirl said...

I think it goes along with being a mom. There are so many things that you HAVE to remember...everything else just has to try and find a spot. It's kind of like musical chairs!! I just call it "Mommy Brain" and move on!!!

JennyMac said...

I think my Mom has this too...which means it is innate in my gene pool as well....LOL.

Willoughby said...

Been there! I think we all do it. It's now to the point where I ask "Did I ever tell you about...." before a beginning a story.

I hope you enjoyed your appearance at the cocktail party! I'm sure you'll make lots of new friends! If only we could all get together in person and have one big party!

Willoughby said...

See what happens when I don't edit?! Excuse the extra "a" in my comment above!

Lissaloo said...

It's is ALL your kids fault, each time I had a baby they sucked out a piece of my memory, till I am left with next to NO memory at all. And I figure that if I have to ask them repeatedly to close the door/brush your teeth/turn off the light, that I am well within my right to repeated ask them questions they already answered, it's all about fairness at my house ;)

Charisse and Holly said...

I used to hate that my mom called me 5-6 names before getting the correct one. Now I do it too. Have to write everything down or for sure I'll forget. Have to use my GPS still to get to some of my friends houses. Friends I have had for years. Are you feeling better yet? On a side note...I decorated my house for Fall yesterday and decided the only meal that made sense was Pumpkin Pie. So we ate a HUGE, I mean HUGE piece of pumpkin Pie and salad for dinner. Earned the "best mom award" from my kids. Sigh:) Holly at lifelaughlatte.blogspot.com

kyslp said...

My mind was a steel trap - until I had kids. Now it is..., I had a great analogy but forgot it.

Mom Power!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Memory? What memory?!?!?! My house is full of post-it notes and I actually walk around with a kitchen timer in my pocket to help me keep track of what I'm supposed to do and when I'm supposed to do it. This better be a menopause thing or I'm in big trouble!
:-)
Great blog! I stopped by from Willoughby's.

Purple Flowers said...

Hi: I stopped by after reading your post at Willoughby's. Funny you should mention the repeating of a story because my hubby does it ALL the time. His family and I are the ones who eye roll. It's hysterical. He knows it, but keeps on going. :)

Holly said...

I think it is all part of being a mom - we are responsible for so much how can we possibly remember it all?

My son is already chiming in with "I know, I know, you already said that."

Holly @ 504 Main

5thsister said...

Thanks, friends, for the validation! I'm loving the responses!

Tracy said...

ryn, I would love to know which points stepped on those toes! Truly! That is actually a big part of my point in that blog. These are some of my opinions (and it was scary and a bit unusual for me to put myself so far out there), but I am always open to hear others. I may not agree with them, or better yet I may learn something or understand a point I hadn't before by hearing others. Free exchange of opinions (if people can be open minded) is a wonderful thing, and should be a continuing learning experience. Thanks so much for your comment!

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I have this exact problem and I'm 30...should I be worried?

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

i can't remember ... what? where am i

Rook No. 17 said...

Polly, I loved the feature your wrote for "This Stop Willoughby". Wonderful! I agree with Holly about the memory/repitition stuff ~ it's part of being a mom. When you're pregant they say you're "eating for two". When you're a mom, you're "thinking for three" (or more) ~ yourself, husband, and children. A professional "Personal Assistant" usually works for one client. Moms juggle several, usually with such finesse that when we slip up and appear human for a moment, it strikes fear and panic into those that depend on us.

Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

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