I’m over at Off Our Chests today, musing on memories and the things that slip away. Of course, my children are certain I forget even more than the average person, because my favorite defense against something I’d rather not do when they whine “But you promised!” is to insist that I don’t remember saying any such thing.
[Unfortunately, the teen has caught on. Now she claims “You promised you would” even if it’s something we’ve never discussed, and half the time I’m not entirely sure I haven’t just forgotten it. Getting old kind of sucks.]
Ha! Mir, I swear my teen daughter does that to me too. Our memories of the same conversation are often very different.
It all makes sense to me now. I remember my momma doing this and me and my sister thought, jeez, she’s losing it! And now, I find myself doing this to my kids. But I really DON’T remember! ;o)
If there’s any comfort in knowing you’re not alone, you should feel VERY comforted.
Heck, my 10 year old does that to me already.
Haha the kids I nanny do that too…a lot of times I say, “Yes, we can do x after y, but you have to remind me…” (usually a same-day type thing, so I will remember once reminded!) because I don’t want to say, Yes, I’ll read you that story after we finish cleaning your room – only for us both to forget and then make me a liar. I figure if they forget too, it doesn’t count :P
When my oldest was a teen, I told him that if I agreed to something, we needed to write it down and both sign it so we could have proof later when I forgot that we had even talked about it!
Sherry, we do the same thing, especially with regards to money. She’s getting training for real world contracts that way.
Ye gods yes! My youngest did that to me ALL THE TIME! I would have no memory of the conversation let alone agreeing to her desired outcome. Most of the time I gave in because I couldn’t remember if I had actually agreed or not….