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Something To Look Forward To As We Get Older

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Here is something we all have to look forward to as we get older. Like it or not, sooner or later old folk start to lose their marbles.

It’s not just physical problems that will ail us as we age, it’s the loss of our mental capacity as you will see from this short story. Hands up if you can identify with this.


A couple in their nineties were both having problems remembering things.

During their annual checkup, the doctor told them that while they were both physically okay, they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Later that night, while watching TV, the old man got up from his chair.

“Do you want anything while I’m in the kitchen?”, he asked his wife.

“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream love?”, she replied.

“Sure”, her husband said.

“Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?”, she asked.

“No, I can remember it my love”, he said.

“Well, I’d like some strawberries on top as well. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?”, she said.

He replied, “I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries”.

“I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?”, she asked.

Starting to get rritated, he said to her, “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I’ve got it, for goodness sake woman!”

And with that, off he toddled off into the kitchen.

After about twenty minutes, the old man returned from the kitchen and handed his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stared at the plate for a moment, then said to him, “Where’s my toast?”


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