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Old 02-10-2016, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Listening to a talk show on the way home from a doctor's appointment today, he was talking about the murder of an 18 year old girl and the guy who murdered her was sentenced 25 yrs to life.
He was going on and on about what it meant to be 18 -- all the stuff a girl in her senior year would have to look forward to, etc.
Then he talked at length about graduation day, he could remember his down to a T, and kept saying how it was something no one would ever forget, graduating, senior ball, etc., etc.
Well I can tell you right now at almost 74, I do not remember anything about graduation. It is a total blank. I must have done it, I still have my diploma. But remember the day? Where it was?? Inside, outside?
Good grief, if I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, how and why would I remember my graduation when I was 18?

Do any of you remember high school graduation day?
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Old 02-10-2016, 03:25 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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When I have a bad night, sleeplessness due to cold, I can't seem to Rembrandt much. I used to have much better memory. This is kind of bothering me. But I still temper my graduation day, but ask me that question in 20 years. I might not remember.
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Old 02-10-2016, 03:48 PM
 
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I generally try to forget about them.
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Old 02-10-2016, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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My father has Alzheimer's. Recently, while at rehab, he was given a cognitive evaluation. The result was "moderate to severe cognitive decline". How is an orange and an apple alike? Name the days of the week backwards beginning with Sunday. Epic fail.

Can he recognize car keys? Heck, yes. He was also driving until two months ago because his EYE doctor told him he needed to stop until his cataracts are removed. The cataract surgery is scheduled.

The key "test" means nothing.
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Old 02-10-2016, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I see a person from my past who I have not seen in many year. I don't remember his name. On the way home I remember we worked in the same paper mill 40 years ago.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:28 PM
 
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Thanks, LauraC, for the fun new game site!


I can remember my High School graduation day but only because my husband (boyfriend then) gave me a diamond right before it started. I was one of the speakers but the only thing I remember was that I was wearing expensive shoes ($10.00) and hoping that I was turning my hand to catch the light right so my diamond would be flashing for the audience.


Hah. I don't think that young thing was anywhere near old enough to get married. Head full of dreams. And here we are going on forty-nine years.


Occasionally I've taken that memory test where they ask you to count out loud backwards from one-hundred by sevens. Math never being my forte it was hard for me when I was eighteen. Can't say it's gotten any easier.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:45 PM
 
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Listening to a talk show on the way home from a doctor's appointment today, he was talking about the murder of an 18 year old girl and the guy who murdered her was sentenced 25 yrs to life.
He was going on and on about what it meant to be 18 -- all the stuff a girl in her senior year would have to look forward to, etc.
Then he talked at length about graduation day, he could remember his down to a T, and kept saying how it was something no one would ever forget, graduating, senior ball, etc., etc.
Well I can tell you right now at almost 74, I do not remember anything about graduation. It is a total blank. I must have done it, I still have my diploma. But remember the day? Where it was?? Inside, outside?
Good grief, if I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, how and why would I remember my graduation when I was 18?

Do any of you remember high school graduation day?
Yes and no. Not with that much detail. But then, I always tell young people, there is LIFE after high school. And I had a good high school "life", but it wasn't everything.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:50 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Default How Do You React To Memory Blanks As You Age?

I forget!

Actually, it's a bit annoying and frustrating at times but usually, perhaps hours later, I'll remember what I forgot. Of course, then I have to try to remember why I cared.
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Old 02-10-2016, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Good grief, if I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday, how and why would I remember my graduation when I was 18?

Do any of you remember high school graduation day?
I remember my high school graduation was in a then non-air conditioned Commack Arena a day or two after the circus left and it smelled like it, too. That's all I remember --- elephant poop smell.
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Old 02-11-2016, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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There are times when I contemplate opening up a new thread on CD.com, I hesitate, worry a bit: I hope I'm not opening up a thread I opened long ago (enrolled in 2007) or even not too long ago! And some moderator will come along and chastise me for duplicating a thread!

It really does a job on my head, sometimes, when someone digs up some old thread, from years ago, and not looking at the date of the Opening Thread, I think it's a brand new thread, and I go along, page after page, and there I am! I responded to it years ago, and completely forgot!

Now that's one event I remember all too well, my high school graduation. My mother asked me what I wanted for a graduation present, and I said, with my backpack, to take me to the I-90/Hwy 52 interchange as, even at 10pm, I was too eager to get out of dodge, hitchhike out to California! And, once there, I fell on my face, had to beg for airfare back home!
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