by Steve Liddick

As we get older, we sometimes have problems with our memory. Also, sometimes we have problems with our memory.

When I have trouble remembering something, I just ask my wife. I’ll say, “You know, whatshisface, that guy—when we were at the—you know—the whatchacallit? Without fail Sherry comes up with the answer, no matter how vague the question.

I’m older than Sherry, so it stands to reason my memory would fail sooner than hers. I often say, “just wait until you’re my age, you’ll see . . .” Seven months later she is that age. But her memory just keeps chugging along.

Once I asked her if she could remember where we bought a teak desk with the burl inlay thirty-five years ago and how much it cost, she will not only remember it, she will pull the receipt out of her file and show it to me. The woman saves everything and never forgets anything, which makes it extra important that I don’t offend her because she will remember that, too.

The downside of depending on someone else to remember things for you is that, more and more, you lose the natural ability to store things on your own that you will need later.

It works that way in this computer era, too. We get used to looking things up and, rather than digging down there in the far reaches of our own brains, we just tap out the question on a keyboard and there’s the answer. Ever thereafter when the need arises we don’t even try to rely on our own memories, we automatically ask Mr. PC or Mr. Mac.

When I remind myself of my lazy nature, I call upon my old reliable excuse: “That’s just the way I am and I’m too old to change.” It gets me out of a lot of stuff.

It’s slothfulness, I know. It’s a lot of effort to dig around among the neurons and get those synapses snapping. Besides, I don’t want to overcrowd my brain with miscellany. There’s only so much mental storage space and I’ve had a lot of years of cramming data in there. I figure I have just about reached capacity.

Until Sherry catches up with my memory lapses, she can be my Google.


Books by Steve Liddick:

Steve LiddickAuthor of “All That Time,” “Old Heroes,” “Prime Time Crime,” “Sky Warriors,” “But First This Message: A Quirky Journey in Broadcasting,” “A Family Restaurant is No Place for Children,” “Campsite Gourmet: Fine Dining on the Trail and on the Road,” and “Eat Cheap: A Cookbook and Guide To Stretching Your Food Budget Dollars.”