There has been a lot of talk over the last few days about Sarah Palin writing notes on her hand. Although I personally don’t agree with her on almost all of her political views, I do understand her need to jot things down so she can remember what to say.
I don’t think Sarah’s crib notes speak of her level of intelligence, rather they demonstrate that she’s probably overworked, frazzled, and losing her train of thought just like all of us moms.
The other day, I was headed to the grocery store when my husband asked me to pick up some toilet paper. In the five minutes it took me to drive into the store’s parking lot, I had already forgotten what he asked me to get. He was outside playing with the boys sans phone, so I couldn’t call him either. I wandered through the aisles trying to remember what he had requested. Was it cat food, orange juice, garbage bags? Then, I thought I remembered him saying Kleenex. So, I picked up two boxes and threw them in my cart.
Guess what? He didn’t want Kleenex. He wanted toilet paper. Close, but no cigar!
Do I have the early stages of Alzheimer’s? I doubt it. However, what I think I’m suffering from is six years of sleep deprivation combined with the stress of juggling a business and a household. It takes a toll on the noggin, no doubt!
Like Sarah Palin, I need to write notes and lists. Life is moving far too quickly for me to remember everything. Before I talk to clients, I write out my talking points. I start the day with a “to do” list. And, I jot down important tidbits that I find online and in the newspaper. While I’m not writing things on my hands…yet, I require lots of little notes around me to stay focused.
So, in this rare instance, I’m defending Sarah Palin and her little reminders. While I don’t support her fascination with hunting and guns or her desire to “drill baby drill”, I do get her palm scribbles.