(Today is my 83rd birthday so it seemed appropriate to run this reworked post from January, 2012)
Although my husband claims some of my best memories never happened, I say what's the difference, as long as they're good memories? I'm pretty sure all of these did!! I made a list of some of the things that were interesting and/or fun in my life. I know I can’t remember everything, but what I do remember includes:
I’ve ridden on an elephant, a camel, horses & mules. I’ve been parasailing & in hot air balloons & the Goodyear blimp. I’ve flown in everything from a 4 seater to a private plane to a jumbo jet. I flew at zero gravity, like an astronaut. I’ve ridden in trucks, buses, jeeps, a Rolls Royce, limos & was a passenger in a VERY fast car on the Autobahn. I drove my own Mustang at 105 mph--once. I’ve been on sailboats, canoes, speedboats, catamarans, zodiac rafts, hydrofoils, pedal boats, paddlewheels, ferry boats & cruise ships, including the QEII. I’ve been on tricycles, bicycles & roller skates. I rode a tram car in a mine. I’ve ridden a Segway. I’ve been on roller coasters, bumper cars & Ferris wheels. I’ve ridden on a hay wagon, a sled in the snow & gone snorkeling. I’ve ridden trains (including monorails & funicular railways) & small & large helicopters. I’ve been on aerial tramways. I tried my hand at a flight simulator that real pilots use--& (virtually) crashed.
I've taken my kids & my nieces & nephews on many whale watching trips. I’ve petted & swam with dolphins (they feel like a wetsuit) & seen stalagmites & stalactites in caves. I’ve been to spring training with the San Francisco Giants. I’ve petted a bobcat & once slapped her in the face. I picked a man’s pocket (successfully) in a London restaurant to retrieve my dinner roll. I went to the Calgary Stampede. I’ve broken one leg, one arm & several toes. I’ve sent koi into a feeding frenzy. My family & I saw the fireworks on July 4th, 2000, while sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. I’ve seen the inside of the White House & Congress, the Viet Nam Memorial wall, the Statue of Liberty, the Mona Lisa & the Venus de Milo. I've seen (& touched) the Liberty Bell. I’ve seen the foliage change in New England, Plymouth Rock, the Eiffel Tower, the Berlin Wall, the Sistine Chapel, the palace of the King of Siam, Niagara Falls & a space shuttle landing. I wore real circus clown makeup in Florida. I once flew out of Los Angeles on a Friday to attend a party in London on Saturday & returned on Sunday. I’ve been to World's Fairs. I’ve stayed in fleabag motels & at the Waldorf Astoria. I've been to Disneyland & the Epcot Center. I was at the World Series in 1989 when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit & had a challenging time driving our rental car back through a very dark San Francisco to our borrowed house. I am an artist & work mostly with stained glass, although I’ve also worked in pen & ink, charcoals, pastels & oils. I’ve been to most US states, including Hawaii & Alaska. I’ve visited Canada & Mexico. I’ve also seen Ecuador, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, the Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Galapagos Islands, England, France, Spain, Germany (including East Berlin), Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, the Philippines, Singapore, Morocco, Thailand, Japan & China.
We owned a condo on Maui for several years. I’ve sewn many of my children’s clothes. I attended UCLA & worked as a salesgirl & a dental assistant. I’ve studied French, Spanish, Italian & Japanese. I have been married to the same man for 62 years & am the mother of three & the grandmother of four. I was in the delivery room when my first grandchild was born. I was a Brownie & Girl Scout leader, head Cub Scout den mother & a donor & volunteer on Red Cross blood drives. Lucille Ball held me in her arms in a movie scene when I was a month or so old. I’ve been on TV as a contestant on "Truth or Consequences" & I answered phones on a Cerebral Palsy telethon. At the tender age of 77, I started posting my own blog, “fishducky, finally” here at fishducky.blogspot.com. About five years ago my first book, “Fishducky’s Fables”, was released & I have been published in several anthologies since then. My body may be 83 years old, but in my mind I’m only 36. I've had a great life & I'm not through yet!! Some people might say I’ve done everything & had everything. I say you can’t have everything! Where would you put it? And what is my point, you ask? My point is--if I can remember all this, why can’t I remember what I had for lunch yesterday?
Actually, I have a theory about senior's memory (or lack thereof). I've posted this before, but if it refers to you, you probably don't remember it:
If you subscribe to the theory, as I do, that the brain is like a computer, then you know that it has a finite number of memory bytes. As we age, gravity pulls these memories down, filling first our feet, then our legs, our bellies & butts (which would also explain why many older people seem to have gained weight in these areas) & finally reach our brains, which eventually become full. Since humans don’t have a DELETE key, there is simply no room for new memories. This is why we people “of a certain age” can remember who sat next to us in the third grade but have no idea of what we ate for lunch yesterday. We are NOT forgetful—WE ARE SIMPLY FULL!!
Some people's memories:
Life should be an adventure, not a chore----fishducky