What Me, Worry?
An elderly couple noticed that they were beginning to forget many little things around the house. They were afraid that this could be dangerous, as one might forget to turn off the stove and start a fire. They decided to go see their physician to get some help. He told them that many older people find it useful to write little reminder notes to themselves, and the husband and wife thought this was a great idea.
When they got home, the wife said, "Dear, will you please go to the kitchen and get me a dish of ice cream? Why don't you write it down so you won't forget?"
"Nonsense," replied the husband, "I can remember a dish of ice cream!" "
Well," countered the wife, "I'd also like some strawberries, too! You'd better write it down so you don't forget."
"Don't be silly," was the irate reply. "I can do that."
"That's fine, dear, but I'd like some whipped cream on that also. Now, you'd really better write that down."
"Come, now, my memory's not THAT bad," said her husband as he headed for the kitchen. "No problem. A dish of ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream."
The wife could hear him in the kitchen getting out pots and pans and making lots of noise inconsistent with the preparation of a dish of ice cream. He emerged from the kitchen 15 minutes later. Walking to his wife, he presented her with a plate of bacon and eggs.
The wife looked at the plate and asked indignantly, "Hey, where's the toast?"