This brain is now full and is no longer accepting new information. We apologize for any inconvenience.
You know, there are studies that say motherhood makes you smarter. Oh yeah? ‘Cause I don’t think so. I am feeling pretty darn dumb these days, and after talking to a few other mothers I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not alone. I mean, I still have an awful lot of useless information rattling around in my brain, but I feel like every time I learn something new (that cleaning barnacles off a buoy is a Dirty Job, for example), older information gets pushed out. And yes, I had to look up how to spell buoy just now. So sad. Motherhood isn’t making me smarter. In fact, it feels a lot more like a quiz I keep failing, and my kids are the quiz masters. I mean really, the questions never stop and I am pretty useless in answering. Thank GOD for Google. Neve asked me yesterday what was inside our brains, and I said “electrical impulses?”. And of course she wanted to know what those were, and what was in them. So I googled “brain” and showed her the resulting images. That’s what’s in our brains. But mostly it’s more like they ask me what something is or how something works and I tell them to ask their papa when he calls.
It’s memory as well. Or maybe that is most of it anyway. I used to be able to recite Jabberwocky from memory. Not anymore. Across the Universe? Can’t remember the words to sing along. Was the brownie meeting today or last week? Don’t ask me.
This wouldn’t be so bad if I was acquiring newer and more useful skills. A second set of arms, even. I’d even settle for a thought filter that prevents those “open mouth and insert foot” situations. But noooooooo.
Is brain function one of those “use it or lose it” deals? Maybe I need some brain exercise. You know what though? I am so shallow that I’d prefer to work on getting my butt back down to a size 4 than work on being smart.