Forgetfulness always seems to strike at the worst time possible. I don’t mean the kind of memory black outs that come with a night of heavy drink that leave you confused and puzzled when you weak up in a tree with a cardboard cut out of Ann Robinson and no idea how you got there. I am talking about just plain, normal forgetfulness. I should probably point out that I have never woken up in a tree with a cardboard cut out of The Weakest Link host. Given some of the things I have written about so far in my blog I can understand why it might seem like I was listing a personal example.

I like to think I have a good memory. I can usually remember things very well but there are still some days when it seems like most gold fish have better recall. This Saturday for example my forgetfulness was due to a combination of sleep deprivation and a rather heavy hangover.

After an afternoon of being very useless and recovering on the sofa I was finally able to drag myself out of the house to do some shopping. Unfortunately I forgot to take my memory with me. After I came very close to locking myself out of the house I remembered it would probably be a good idea to take my keys with me. After all it would probably have been quite a shock for my flat mate to come home and find me dead and cooked on the doorstop by heat stroke.

After this near fatal forgetfulness I went to the local Albert Heijn (Dutch supermarket) to get supplies for the coming week. I ended up getting a lot. My basket was completely full and weighed quite a lot as I made my way towards the checkout. I had everything I needed but then my memory suddenly decided to make an appearance.

“Um… You might not want to hear this right now but I have something important to tell you.” It said sheepishly.

“Hu?” I asked.

“Well… You know how you need money to buy things. Like the stuff you have in your basket.”

“Oh no.” I sighed in realization.

“Yes. You left your wallet at the house. You might want to put everything back…. Sorry” And then it left me again to deal with the embarrassing situation.


I tried to look as normal as I could and hide my embarrassment as I started putting everything back on the shelves. I must have looked like I either had a phobia of checkout girls or I was on some kind of shopping trial run, checking if I could carry everything before committing myself to the actual purchasing process. When I got back home to retrieve my forgotten wallet I did not have enough time to go back before the shops closed. I’ll have to go back during the week but next time I’ll be sure to remember my wallet and my memory.

Anyway…. There was a point to this post but I forgot what it was.

10 responses to “Forgetfulness”

  1. marycub says:

    albert heijn rocks!

    i’ve found my memory hasn’t really returned since it went on holiday BUT i am writing less post it notes to myself so thats a good sign i hope :D

  2. zed says:

    my blog serves as my memory, but even in the supermarket/leaving the house with or without keys/forgetting that i have children – it has, on occasion, let me down.

    oh, and belgian stairs are lethal.

  3. Alan says:

    You mean you didn’t just hide your basket somewhere behind one of the freezer cabinets and wander out whistling nonchalently?

  4. Helen says:

    LOL…welcome to my world ;)

  5. Invader_Stu says:

    Marycub – I might have to start using post-it notes.

    Zed – I’ve never seen a shopping list on your blog :p

    Alan – The thought had crossed my mind but I would have had to live with the guilt for the rest of my life.

  6. BlondebutBright says:

    I’d have to go with Alan on this one – or you could have just asked the nice AH staff to watch it for you. I’m sure they would oblige – but I’ve never actually tried that myself!

  7. marycub says:

    get those little day glo coloured ones.

    that way u dont cover your walls in reminder notes and if it does in fact get *that* bad you can make pretty patterns with all the different colours.

  8. RM says:

    Supermarkets…. sigh … at least you know where everything is now, right? (unless you forgot :P) I have crazy problems with the layout!

    I would have been tempted to leave the non-perishables somewhere to be honest. Good on you for putting it all back.

  9. Invader Stu says:

    BlondebutBright – If it had not been for all the frozen items I would have sneaked out but I was being far to British for my own good.

    Marycub – I could have done with one when I forgot my phone this morning.

    RM – I was able to find everything the second time around with ease and I was actually able to buy them too this time.

  10. Rose says:

    Been there done that.

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