“The Biggest Thing I Ever Forgot Was...”

Readers confess their most memorable moments of ADHD forgetfulness.


Filed Under: Improving ADHD Memory
A hand with strings tied around each figure. Reminders didn't stop ADDitude readers from forgetting some important objects.

> I forgot to return my child's library books. I've had them here for almost two years. I am embarrassed about them being so long overdue, and so worried about the fines, that I can't bring them back. Maybe my donating some books will soften the blow. - Rebecca, New York

> Yes, there was something I forgot. What was it now? - Jeff and Wilbur, Florida

> When I was the youth leader at my church, I planned a meeting that everyone had to attend...on my wedding anniversary. - Kimberly, Michigan

> If you can believe it, I forgot my age! - Sherry, California

> I forgot so many things during the course of my life — my son's best friend's wedding among them. - Nancy, North Carolina

> I forgot to let my horses out for a run after feeding them in their stalls. Next morning, the barn lights were still on and the horses were looking at me like, "Did you forget something?" - Pam, Nebraska

> I left my cell phone, lunch, and briefcase on top of my car while I searched my pockets for the keys. A neighbor shouted at me and pointed to my car roof after I had driven two blocks. - Yumi, Florida

> I forgot to cook a meal for friends I invited over for dinner. They showed up at the door and I looked at them, thinking, "Did I do it again?" - An ADDitude Reader

> I developed a new system for paying bills on time, put stamps on the envelopes, and forgot to mail them. I started receiving late notices, and then remembered I had tucked them into my glove compartment. - Julia, Rhode Island

> I put the stuffing in an expensive, organic turkey, basted it with a melted-butter-and-herb mixture, and put it in the oven. Two hours later, after a long stint of watching TV, I went into the kitchen to see how the bird was doing. I hadn't turned the oven on. - John, New Jersey

> I hate to say it, but I forgot to pick up my child at middle school. I was supposed to be there at 3:20, but I was distracted by something and realized at 4:30 that he was still at school. His cell phone battery was dead, so he couldn't call me. Needless to say, he was angry. - Colleen, New York

> I missed a big meeting at work because I was listening to music on my headphones. A coworker was supposed to come and get me, five minutes before the meeting started. He stuck his head in my office, but I didn't see him or hear him. When I walked into the meeting, 15 minutes late, my boss wasn't pleased. - Barbara, Maine

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