Something like “AAADD”

In Humor! by Emerson Jane Browne1 Comment

I have been frustrated with how many posts I have that are half finished at the moment.  I just have not had enough hours in the day to be able to sit down and give them the concentrated attention they need to get to completion.

This little ditty below came to mind.  My Mom sent it to me a long time ago.  On certain days, it sure fits!!

Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D- Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:

I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first. But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where I find the bottle of juice that I had been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the juice aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over. I see that the juice is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the juice, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye–they need to be watered. I set the juice down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I splash some water on the flowers,but most of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day: the car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm bottle of juice sitting on the counter, the flowers aren’t watered, there is still only one check in my 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.

Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I’m really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I’ll try to get some help for it, but first…

I’ll check my e-mail

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So then (just now) I went looking on the web to see if I could find the author of the above.  (If you know please post a comment!)

I couldn’t find the author but I did find this:

Q. How many kids with ADHD does it take to change a light bulb?

A. Wanna play with my hamster?

Emerson Jane Browne

I am Emerson Jane Browne. I write about Brains, Apps, & Productivity, and many other aspects of Life. I speak to TBI support groups, speak and teach workshops at tech, music, and writer conferences. I consult with organizations on strategic planning and building a strong community.


  • Jane,
    What a great story. I have a brain injury section on a blog you don’t know about (yet) and I plan to create a page about you and your blog. I love it.
    Larry (and Beth)