Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gosh, I Don't Remember That!

Do you ever stop to think back to when we started school and learned how to read?  I can still see the pages with big print and the words DICK, JANE, and SPOT and SEE SPOT RUN.  Our minds have to be mini computers to remember all the words we learn in a lifetime, and isn't it amazing how we can "pull them up" from our built-in dictionaries at will? 

Where is all that information stored, really?  When one thinks about it, our brain is so very delicate and intricate, and thank goodness the Creator encased it in a bony helmet.  Actually, He/She carefully placed our ears, our eyes, our mouths, and our brains inside this protective thing.  No wonder the medical field is getting revved up about preventing injuries to the head, especially sports injuries.

The older we get, the more hype there is about us losing our thinking abilities.  We scare ourselves half to death when we forget, or when we get halfway through a sentence and have no idea where our thoughts were headed.  If we listen carefully, there's a whole lot of joking going on among us boomers with regard to "losing it."

Well, the comfort is that we're all in the same boat, and it is slowly sinking.  But, we can outsmart everyone by keeping our senses of humor.  I figure if we can laugh at ourselves, nobody will have to laugh alone! 

It's interesting, too, how a person does forget things of the past.  Sometimes the two of us visit about some event that happened when we were first married, and for the life of me I can't "bring it up on screen."  Where do those memories go?  Why do some go and some stay?  Why does one brain remember and another brain forgets?  Oh, well, whatever.  The way I figure, what we forget...we most likely don't need.  Why carry that extra baggage around if we don't have to.

I think we humans are fascinating in how all our parts and gadgets work.  And, when we experience a break down, well, we simply pull off to the side of the road to rest, someone takes us to a mechanic to push out dents and dings and put in a new piece here and there.  If they ever reach the point where they will take a brain out of one person and put it in another person, will the new brain give the person a whole new set of thoughts, attitudes, and memories?  I don't know how others feel about it, but if I reach a point where my brain quits doing its job, please don't install a used one cuz I don't want to have to deal with somebody else's problems.

Today's Trivia:  Keep exercising your brain, because mental activity stimulates the creation of new neurons throughout your whole life.