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Hold on Officer, I Wrote it Down Here Somewhere… (Part 1)

April 11, 2012

I had a dream last night.

I realize it sounds common and uninteresting, but I have a point, and it starts with me having a dream. It ends with you writing things down that could save your life. Now this is a two-part blog, and the life-saving solution doesn’t come until the second part next week, so don’t do anything dangerous between now and then.

My husband says he almost never dreams, and on the rare occasion when he does, it’s something completely reasonable and encouraging, like becoming the greatest ninja-star-wielding Jedi to ever fly three XYZ destroyers at once (I’m sure there’s a lot in that description that he would get riled up about, but he’s not writing this blog – I am. So tough cookies!).

My dream, however, was about getting arrested. I got arrested for buying something from a little kid in a different country, but I can’t remember what I bought. I woke up right after the dream, and I knew THEN, but I went back to sleep and now I haven’t the slightest idea what it was.

Now you may be like me – and if you are, high five! – and feel that getting arrested in another country is something you would like to avoid. But what did I buy? I can’t remember! And what if this were a message to me that could save me in the future, an obscure warning about buying airbrushed T-shirts/snow globes/baby tigers in distant lands, and if only I could remember what it was I wouldn’t spend the next forty years digging a tunnel with a spoon! IF ONLY I HAD WRITTEN IT DOWN!

And here we are at my point. Write things down. People like to try to avoid writing things down, even when they aren’t sleeping.

I used to think I had a good memory. I performed in school plays and memorized 2-hours-worth of material. I did well on tests in college. I never head home and end up in a stranger’s driveway five miles away. But when my 5-year-old son started quoting movies back-and-forth with my husband and I didn’t even know they were quoting movies (though I did think they might have been exposed to too many cleaning fluids), I knew my memory wasn’t performing at the level I expected.

This is why I have become a faithful user of a program that could solve all your problems! Or at least some of them… tune in next week!

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