Menopause. The Change of Life. The Critical Period (or really lack thereof). Whatever you want to call it, I've been ready for it since the day I gave birth to my last child. No more children; no need for the uterus, the fallopians or ovaries. I was ready to yank them out and donate them to an organ bank a long time ago. My gynocologist, however, wasn't in agreement. So, I toiled on until now.
I've had some symptoms for awhile. Hot? All the time (southerners call it "my own personal summer"). Itchy? Check. But really, the bitchy and forgetful part haven't been so bad. I've been fairly open and ready to poke fun at myself when the sniping bitch rears her head and am quick to spin it back into position. In fact, I pride myself on quick thinking and innovative action.
Last week, a friend dropped by with little notice. I had enough time to pick up the dog toys, put the extra dirty dished in the oven and make a fresh pot of coffee. And, we had a delightful visit, talking about, of all things, our experiences with The Change. Her biggest complaint is her swiss cheese memory, which her children are quick to point out when it involves something they claim they have already told her. You know, things like I'm having fifteen people over tonight, will you cook something?
That evening when Moondoggy came home, I told him of the visit, laughing at the funny stories my friend shared. I preheated the oven for dinner, then continued the conversation, asking in a somber tone if I had been successful at not being overly moody or bitchy. Moondoggy assured me, my bitch has been painless and sometimes downright funny. I felt pretty darn proud of myself.
Proud, until I smelled melting plastic. The dishes! I had left them in the oven and forgotten. My white plastic colander was dripping through the oven grates and pooling on the oven floor at a temperature of 375˚. The stench overpowering.
I was stunned. How could I forget?
Moondoggy grabbed his coat and brought me mine. As he helped me put it on he said, "You know, you only asked about being bitchy, you didn't ask me about how your memory has been."