No, really!! I found a note to myself that I didn’t understand.
I keep a pad in a drawer in my kitchen – for grocery lists and notes. I was looking through it and found the following notes:
“held batman to protect against water”;
“counted backwards watching microwave.”
I tried and tried to think what these notes might mean. Considering where they were in the pad, I had written them quite a while ago. And I could not, for the life of me, figure out why I would have written such obscure musings.
I kept going back to them. And thinking again. Nothing! Was I writing about a crazy dream I had? Was I in the throes of dementia and didn’t know what I was doing? What?!?
I finally decided that I just had to give up on the mystery and let it go. Sort of. . .
Then I thought of it when 2nd daughter was visiting the other day. I don’t know why I thought of it at that time. Another mystery. But I did think of it. And I decided to show it to 2nd daughter (even though I was afraid she might have me committed to an asylum post-haste).
She read the notes and immediately said, “This is probably something about 3rd grandchild (her son). Of course, I think everything is about him, so maybe not.” And then it hit me! The notes are about 3rd grandchild. I wrote the notes so I could remember to tell his mommy about his brilliance while he was visiting me one day.
We were playing outside with a water squirt gun. He would shoot water at me, I would run away, he would chase me, and we would laugh and laugh. Then, he would hand me the water squirt gun for my turn. I would shoot water at him, he would run away, I would chase him, and we would laugh and laugh. Only, one time, when I was shooting water at him, he held a batman nerf toy up to protect himself against the water. At his young age, this was a brilliant display of cognitive reasoning! So, I made a note about it to tell 2nd daughter when she picked him up.
Then, that same day, I was making popcorn for us in the microwave. I mentioned to him that it would be ready in just a few seconds. He stationed himself in front of the microwave and started counting backwards (not exactly, but it was clear what he was trying to do). Brilliant!! So, I made a note about that to tell 2nd daughter.
Whew!! Mystery solved!
Of course, I still don’t know why I couldn’t think of the incidents when I read the notes. Maybe it’s because I’ve been a little stressed. I was caught in the disturbing web of company-wide layoffs last month, so I am presently without a job (although dealing with all the paperwork for company separation and looking for a new job involve the same time and energy as having a full-time job).
Anyway, I’m so glad to know that I’m not completely losing my mind – at least not yet!