24 February 2010

What's Your Memory Like?

My in-laws, at one time, had two male cats. After many years they finally had to put one of them down because he was, shall we say, acting inappropriately with the other cat to the point of really hurting him.

Sometime after that they also had to finally have an aging dog of theirs put down because of Alzheimer's. If you closed a door to a room he would become anxious. Any change in routine upset him.
My husband was visiting his parent's house one day and as he was sitting at the table talking to his mother, he remarked, "You know this really sets a really bad precedent for you..."

"Why?" asked his mother.

"Well, you have put down an old gay cat and an old dog with Alzheimers. The minute you start picking out new drapes or acting confused, us kids will think it's time to look into euthanasia for you."
(Sometimes I honestly don't know how that man made it to adulthood!)
QOTD: "The art of never making a mistake is crucial to motherhood. To be effective and to gain the respect she needs to function, a mother must have her children believe she has never engaged in sex, never made a bad decision, never caused her own mother a moment's anxiety, and was never a child."  Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)


  1. Ha! She can now say... well you better watch it. Your turn is coming and your kids are watching what you do. ;-)

  2. I have only a pet rock to gauge my memory shortfalls, and should Seymour decide "it's time", I'll watch with unrecognizing amusement as he tries to figure out how...

  3. Be nice to your kids, they'll be picking your nursing home!!!!

  4. Teresa - I WISH I could say that to her. Alas, she passed away almost two years ago and I miss her every day. But just so you know... that IS exactly what she said! :)

    Skunkfeathers - I pet rock, huh? Man that made me laugh!

    Trudy - They have already mentioned that fact once or twice. I, of course am going to ruin their plans and run marathons at the age of 80... At least that is the plan for now. :)

    VW Bug - You laugh now... but I know for a fact that you have kids. Just sayin... :)


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