There’s a new commercial for Aricept, a drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, that shows a husband looking through the house to help his wife look for her lost car keys. He says, “Did you look in the bathroom where you left them last time.” Eventually he finds them behind a pint of half-and-half on the shelf in the refrigerator.
I said to Jill that if losing your car keys was a prerequisite of Alzheimer’s, then my mother must have had it since she was in her mid-30’s. She has never been able to keep track of her car keys, and has tried every trick in the book to keep track of where she put them. She doesn’t have trouble keeping track of other things… just her keys.
When we were kids, we were always on patrol for the missing car keys. It was like a never ending scavenger hunt.