Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mixed messages

I grew up in an environment that valued music and yet it wasn’t a home that played a lot.

I did however start learning the piano as a child. On the plus side, I got to miss French but on the minus, then I was rubbish at piano and French.

Years ago at my parents’ I found an old piano report in which my teacher had written: “Jenny seems to have problems sending messages from her brain to her fingers.”

It’s so true. I do.

Once I was cycling across Cookham Bridge after a long bike ride, I meant to call out to Husband to say we shouldn’t be cycling on the pavement but what I actually did was pull my brake! We weren’t going very fast but I still went flying into my handlebars while, in oblivion, my family continued on (illegally) over the bridge.

Another time, just after I’d met Husband’s family and was still trying to make a good impression, I was making coffee. I picked up the kettle and poured it into the jar of coffee and not the cups.

Sometimes these days if I’m returning to my office with a cup of tea, I might pick up something of the children’s from the dining room table to put in their room. I stand at their bedroom door and fling the item onto the child’s bed; but what if, one day, I fling my cup of tea instead?

12 comments:

Angie said...

Oh JJ, this made me giggle. I so have those moments! I can imagine me flinging my cup of coffee across the room rather than one of Drew's toys. :)

SueG said...

So funny...but interesting too. We all do that stuff and take it for granted that it's some nonsense or other, but I wonder what it's really all about. What's the biology behind it. Hmmm....

JJ Beattie said...

Angie, I worry about these things. In fact before I fling... I do check my hands work.

Sue, misfiring synapses? I don't know. But the bike incident I clearly remembered sending the right message but it all got lost in translation.

Liane Spicer said...

That made me laugh. I can't say I've had that problem but I do seem to be more absentminded of late so I'm not ruling anything out...

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Sounds like you have too much on your mind!! You're so funny..!!

CJ xx

Debs said...

Oh that was hilarious. I can relate to the piano and the hopeless bike riding, but have never poured water into the jar of coffee. So funny.

HelenMHunt said...

Don't fling the tea JJ, don't fling the tea!

Captain Black said...

I notice that Lane hasn't commented here yet. She is the expert in coffee explosions, as anyone who attended NR meeting #2 will tell you.

Denise said...

I've done the boiling water in the coffee jar as well! I tend not to feel too bad about these lapses though, as I often find my husband has left his keys or the post in the fridge...

Not Cookham in Berkshire? Very near me if it was.

Leigh Russell said...

Had to laugh about the time you were trying to make a good impression on your on-laws and you poured the water into the jar of coffee!

Flowerpot said...

I think we all know those moments JJ!!

CC Devine said...

I love the image of the coffee jar full of water! I am fond of going to put dirty washing in the bin instead the laundry basket but usually catch myself in time. Guess something has to give in our heads to allow for all those lovely writerly thoughts to swirl around ;)