An elderly husband and
wife noticed that they were beginning to forget many little
things around the house. They were afraid that this could be
dangerous, as one of them could accidentally forget to turn
off the stove and thus cause a fire. So, they decided to go
see their doctor to get some help.
Their doctor told them that many people their age find it
useful to write themselves little notes as reminders. The
elderly couple liked the suggestion and left the doctor's
office very pleased with the advice.
When they got home, the wife said, "Honey, will you
please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? And
why don't you write that down so you won't forget?"
"Nonsense," said the husband, "I can remember a
dish of ice cream!"
"Well," said the wife, "I'd also like some
strawberries on it. You better write that down, because I know
"Don't be silly," replied the husband. "A dish
of ice cream and some strawberries. I can remember that!"
"OK, dear, but I'd like you to put some whipped cream on
top. Now you'd really better write it down now. You'll
forget," said the wife.
"Come now, my memory's not all that bad," said the
husband. "No problem, a dish of ice cream with
strawberries and whipped cream."
With that, the husband shut the kitchen door behind him. The
wife could hear him getting out pots and pans and making lots
of noise. He emerged from the kitchen about 15 minutes later.
Walking over to his wife, he presented her with a plate of
bacon and eggs. The wife took one look at the plate, glanced
up at her husband and said, "Hey, where's the