An elderly couple is having problems remembering things, so they decide to go to their doctor for a checkup.
They describe the problems they are having with their memory to the doctor.
After his examination, the doctor kindly tells them that they are physically fine and that some memory loss is a natural part of the aging process. He suggests that they might want to start making notes to help them remember things. The couple thanks the doctor and leaves.
Later that night while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair, and his wife asks, “Where are you going?”
“To the kitchen.”
“Will you get me bowl of ice cream?” she asks.
She then asks him, “Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?”
“No, I can remember that.”
But before he has turned to go, his wife says, “Well, since you’re going anyway, I’d like some strawberries on top. You had better write that down, ’cause I know you’ll forget that.”
“I can remember that – you want a bowl of ice cream with some strawberries.”
Then she adds, “I would also like whipped cream on top. I know you will forget that, so you’d better write it down.”
Steam creeping into his voice, her husband replies, “I don’t need to write that down, I can remember that!” And he stalks off into the kitchen.
Twenty-five minutes later he returns from the kitchen and hands her a plate of bacon and eggs.
His wife stares at the plate for a moment, shakes her head and says, “I knew it, I knew it! You forgot my toast!”