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Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder

Page updated - 25 November 2007


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


I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the table that I collected from the letter box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the recycling bin under the table, and notice that it is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the rubbish first.


But then I think, since Iím going to be near the post-box when I take out the rubbish anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my cheque book off the table, and see that there is only 1 cheque left. My new cheque book is in my desk, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke Iíd been drinking.


Iím going to look for my cheques, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I donít accidentally knock it over. The Coke is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the fridge to keep it cold. As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the worktop catches my eye - they need water. I put the Coke on the worktop and discover my reading glasses that Iíve been searching for all morning.


I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first Iím going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the worktop, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote control. Someone left it on the kitchen table.


I realise that tonight when we watch TV, Iíll be looking for the remote control, but I wonít remember that itís on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back near the TV where it belongs, but first Iíll water the flowers. I pour some water in the vase, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote control back on the table, get a cloth 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 isnít washed

  - the bills arenít paid

  - there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the worktop

  - the flowers donít have enough water

  - there is still only 1 cheque in my cheque book

  - I canít find the remote control

  - I canít find my glasses

  - and I donít remember what I did with the car keys.


Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, Iím really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and Iím really tired. I realise this is a serious problem, and Iíll try to get some help for it, but first Iíll check my e-mail and have yet another distraction.


Do me a favour. Forward this message to everyone you know, because I donít remember who the hell Iíve sent it to.


Donít laugh - if this isnít you yet, your day is coming!!