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Is it just me, or did all that wit fly out the window when my kids came into the picture?

mom losing her mind

Marilyn Kentz: I believe women are the smarter of the sexes. No man has a chance in an argument when we rattle off dates, facts, and details about particular infractions of the past. Our men just stammer and get madder because they don't hold a candle to us. However, for whatever reason, once we have children, we seem to lose a few brain cells, and they keep going down the drain the older we get.

Case in point: I once found my cell phone in the freezer. But the one that really drives me crazy is mom-aphasia (an acquired disorder in which there is an impairment of any language modality. This may include difficulty in producing or comprehending spoken language). Here is how it manifests ...

I'm having lunch with a couple of good friends. We're laughing and telling each other stories of our past week's experiences. I begin a very entertaining sentence -- one with a lot of promise, one with enthusiasm. I'm titillated at the potential of my entertaining story. It's really beginning to flow. Then -- pop! -- that great, impressive, perfect word I was fully intending to use suddenly disappears. Gone. While my listeners are observing the look of terror on my face, I hastily begin my private "word hunt."

I don't want to use the easy, banal word. I want the impressive one. It's key to the amusement value. This used to be easy. Close-sounding words with very different meanings try to persuade me to accept them. Obviously struggling, my caring friends notice and start rooting for me. They begin to throw out other useful, colorful, but incorrect words -- which only throws me more off course. At that point, I just abandon the whole thing and hang my head in shame. I've lost my audience. Years of being proud of my intelligence and the building of a tender self-esteem have now all disappeared. I move on, trying to keep up with the flow of conversation, all the while continuing my search ... because now it's bugging me. The word has gotten under my skin. I'm fixated on it. Then, much later -- hours, sometimes days, later -- that little teaser pokes its slippery head out. But my audience is long gone. No one cares anymore. Still, once my impressive word has come back home, I let out a sigh of relief. Ahhhhhh, there you are! That's it! That's the word. I can finally sleep now.

Thanks a lot, kids. Don't forget all that Mommy has sacrificed for you. I want to see it reflected in my next Mother's Day gift.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
tiger78 August 27, 2009, 7:18 AM

Funny story, and you’re spot on about remembering “dates, facts, and details about particular infractions of the past”. It is what moms do best. I guess if you spent less brain cells on those efforts and let go of them, like dads do you, really could be the super mom
er parent.

tom August 27, 2009, 8:18 AM

This is probably the most narcissistic post I’ve ever read on momlogic.

I’ve noticed that women (I’m generalizing here) seem to remember what they want to remember, regardless if it is fact or not.

Maybe this is related to your “problem:”

I find myself unable to fully concentrate to adult conversation when my child is playing with other kids or adults. I find the socialization of these kids so interesting that everything else just seems boring.

michelle August 27, 2009, 12:02 PM

I can’t stand these stories. Just because you let yourself go to seed mentally doesn’t mean this is what all moms do. Maybe you should go read a book instead of spouting sexist generalizations.

sheyanne August 27, 2009, 9:39 PM

u kno this happens 2 me ive put the milk in the food cabinet once and then it was warm wen i found it…what a waste! and lighten up people geesh she tryin 2 hav u laugh it off not everything is sooo serious!

MamaLost August 28, 2009, 11:51 AM

I’m rather blown away by some of the comments here. I completely relate to her post, regardless of the odd ‘sexist’ intro (which I agree, wasn’t necessary).

My inability to recall words, and feel I’ve lost part of my brain has nothing to do with men or my ability to chastise them, nor does it have anything to do with Narcissism.

“Momaphasia” is real and it sucks. Period. Lighten up.

Lillah May 21, 2011, 8:27 PM

Thanks alot - your awnser solved all my problems after several days struggling

Gloriane May 22, 2011, 12:43 PM

That’s a mold-breaker. Great thnkiing!

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