There was an elderly couple in their 80s that was having trouble with their memory, so their doctor recommended they start writing everything down on paper.
A couple of days later the man started towards the kitchen and his wife asked him where he was going. “To get a drink of water” he replied. She asked “will you get me a bowl of vanilla ice cream while you’re up” and he replied that he would. On his way to the kitchen, she warned him that he wouldn’t remember and should write it down. He stated “I can remember a bowl of vanilla ice cream”. She again stated “you better write it down…you won’t remember”.
She then asked if he might also put strawberries on top of that ice cream. He agreed. She warned him “you better write it down”. Disgruntled, he stated “I can remember a bowl of vanilla ice cream with strawberries on it” She then asked “would you also put some whipped cream on top of that ice cream and strawberries?” He agreed. Once again she warned “you better write it down…you won’t remember”. He once again stated “I can remember a bowl of vanilla ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream on top”. She finally said “well all right, but you know what the doctor said…and you won’t remember”.
The man finally arrived back from the kitchen after about 10 minutes and handed his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She proceeded to get upset with him stating “I told you that you better write it down…that you wouldn’t remember….YOU FORGOT THE TOAST!