Gazette Columnist, Karin Fuller, recently
wrote an interesting column about people who are easily distracted. I loved it!
So curious was Karin as to why some people
have trouble staying on track that she did some research and learned that there
was a study done by the University College London that found those who are
easily sidetracked have “too much brain.”
“According to these researchers, those who
get distracted have larger than average volumes of gray matter.” This was
supposedly based on test scores and MRI results.
Karin wrote that she finds the condition to
be extrememly frustrating, as it regularly interfers with her life.
I understand totally.
Mr. H. often says, “Why don’t you finish
one thing before you start something else?”
My son chimes in, “Mother, it drives me
crazy when we’re talking and you say, ‘Did I tell you the latest about your
sister and her husband... hold that thought.’ And off you go to another
room, leaving me to wonder if what happened to my sister was good or bad. What’s
worse is, when you come back, you start on a whole new subject. It’s exasperating!”
I suppose their complaints are valid.
Just a few days ago, I walked into the
kitchen and saw a text message on my phone. I couldn’t quite make it out so I
went looking for my glasses, which I often misplace. Ending up in Mr. H’s den,
I told him I was looking for my glasses, but had a few other things to discuss
with him, so I sat down and talked for about ten minutes before resuming my search.
As I passed the bedroom, I gathered a few dirty clothes and took them to the
downstairs laundry room. I started a load of laundry, cleaned the cat box, and got
meat from the freezer for dinner before going back upstairs.
In the kitchen, I put the meat in the
microwave to thaw, then turned around to see the text message still waiting for
me to read, but guess what?
I hadn't found my glasses.
When I went back to the den and told Mr. H.
what had happened, he started giving me his usual speech, but I promptly ran
and got Karin’s column, which I’d saved, and told him to read it. When he’d
finished, he said, “Well, I agree with her about one thing. It certainly is
maddening living with a person who is so easily distracted!”