The Memory Clinic

I know people who are more interested in what other people are eating, wearing, or talking about when we are out eating than they are in what’s happening at our table. I usually don’t make a habit of listening to other diners conversations, but the other night I couldn’t help but ‘overhear’ the conversation of two elderly couples at a nearby table. One topic went something like this:

“Tony, how was the memory clinic you two went to last month?”

“Great, simply great,” replied Tony. “They taught us all the newest psychological techniques such as visualization, association …. it was fantastic.”

“That sounds great,” Warren said. “What was the name of the clinic?”

You could see that Tony was drawing a blank. He looked all over the place trying to associate the name of the clinic with something in the restaurant, but to no avail. Suddenly a smile broke across his face and he asked Warren, “What do you call that flower that has thorns and a long stem?”

“You mean a rose?” Warren replied.

“Yes, that’s it!” Tony quickly answered. He then turned to his wife and said, “Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?”

Association must work some of the time.

Keep your fork



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