Memory Triggers

Thursday, September 05, 2019

One way of testing memory is to go shopping, say (here’s my choice) in Home Depot. I might enter the store for one item, for example a small container of grout. While pushing a basket across aisles to find it bunches of products catch my eyes. Suddenly, I remember something needed for my trailer. But what? I stand before hitch-related items and staring until it dawns that my small utility trailer’s hitch post is too tall. I reach for a hitch with the shortest support.

Staring at those items makes me wonder what else I need related to automotive. I look and think before deciding there’s nothing aside from the hitching device I can live without. I look around the store, what am I here for? Oh, yes, grout. On to the paint and tile areas, before remembering that one of my jobs ahead is to cut and hang two 2×4’s. I need supports to hang them in the horses’ loafing shed. A detour to the “things” aisle where I spend much time sorting through metal connectors for correct sizes and shapes. I spot a connector that’s wrong for my 2×4’s, but I suddenly remember another project that it’ll be correct for. I toss into my basket a couple of connector types.

In that same aisle, screw displays catch my eye. I’m out of a couple of sizes and start searching for self-piercing types in the right sizes. Uh oh, over there are padlocks. I need a couple, this time combination styles. I’m tired of hoarding keys and having to search and match them to locks.

I wind slowly through the store filling my cart with odds and ends, on impulse, including nifty working gloves and a tarp with closure cords, for capturing pulled weeds. Home Deport displays tools in the aisles, pricing them as specials. At these I pause and recall my recent searching high and low for a missing set of drivers designed for hex-head screws. A pack of those drivers went into my cart.

I made it to the grout aisle where beside the product, I needed a floater and other application items. It’s amazing how all the stuff in a big box store triggers my brain. Of course, shopping is easier, more sensible, and less costly with a list, but it’s not convenient to keep a list of little assorted things in one place. Besides thank heavens, I get reassurances that mine remains a memory that works.

Dear Readers: You can guess, 90% of my cart held impulse purchases. Diana

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