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I recently woke up to a dead car battery. We’d just returned from a weekend at a regional film festival, and I remember unpacking the car when we got home, but I don’t recall leaving my keys in the ignition.
It wouldn’t have been a big deal if I didn’t need to drive my husband to an early ferry so that he could catch a flight for a weeklong business trip.
I tried to retrace my steps to figure out how I could have left the keys in the ignition, but came up blank.
I feel that I’m mostly good with memory issues. I keep lists and work to deadlines, and using calendars and agendas is second nature to me.
Occasionally, I “lose words,” a terrifying development for someone who makes a living out of using them. (It’s like a train conductor losing the engine. Not good.)
Still, I can usually blame fatigue, the weather, or some other obvious scapegoat.
It’s the random parting with objects that should be in their place but aren’t that gets to me. The refrigerated item placed in the dry pantry. The checkbook that should be in my wallet, but I find it — months later — in a pile of holiday greeting cards. The note scribbled for the milkman that was a soggy wad in my jeans pocket, discovered as I transferred clothes to the dryer.
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