I have more than one of the many problems of old age. I am forgetful and I often find a solution after I need it instead of before. Case in point:
Last week I had to get my hearing aids adjusted because I couldn’t hear any conversation across a table. The doctor’s office is several miles from my home. (She moved from a convenient office to one much further away.) Since I had to go right past two stores that I needed to visit I decided to stop on the way home.
The first one was JoAnn’s, where I bought some yarn for the afghans I am currently working on.
The second place was Farmer John’s to pick up some pastries for the group I was going to host the next day. It was my turn to have 9 ladies at my house to play cards. As it was late afternoon, the parking lot at Farmer John’s was filled. I had to park quite a ways from the store so I decided to take my cane for support. I got the goodies and checked out. But I didn’t have a bag so I took the cart back to my car, put the pastries in the trunk and drove off, leaving my cane hanging on the cart. I was almost home when I realized what I had done. Too late to go back and I was tired. Anyway I thought someone might have just taken it. So I thought it was probably lost.
Both of my daughters told me to call the store. Maybe they picked up the cane when they collected the carts from the parking lot. But I was busy with the card group and didn’t call them. I just felt stupid. But then I thought, why not? The worst news would be they don’t have it. So I called, and it was in their office.
I picked it up the next day and I now have a little sticky, “CANE”, on my dashboard. I cannot drive away unless my cane is on the front seat of my car and I can see it.
Why do I find a solution after I need it instead of before?