I have had two senior moments today - both highly embarrassing and cringe-making.
The first occurred when I went back to my car after being to the hairdresser and then doing a few bits of shopping. As I drove off from the Car Park there was a warning signal in my car. It was not the usual 'ping' I get when one of the doors is open or when I haven't fastened the seat belt. Frankly it sounded rather like a shortened version of the ice cream bell! By the time I got to the Petrol Station half a mile away it had sounded several times and I resolved to read the handbook when I got home.
I pulled up at the pump and instead of bring my handbag out of the car I left it on the front seat while I filled the car. As it was in a vulnerable position I locked the car door. (you know what's coming don't you?) When I tried to open my petrol cap it wouldn't open and finally, after struggling with it for a minute or two, I went in and asked the man at the till if he could come out and open it for me. He tried it once, looked at me
and asked if I had locked the car?! Of course if you lock the car you also lock the petrol cap!!!
I drove home. Still the warning signal was going every few minutes. I went into the house, taking the instruction book with me to see if I could find out what it meant. Eventually I rang the garage and the chap said I would have to take the car in because my description didn't make sense to him!
Friend W (always the voice of reason) suggested I call at the local garage first which I did. After listening to my description of the sound he pressed a button on the dashboard and asked if that was the sound. Eureka! Yes it was. Until he told me what it was. It was a message on my mobile!!!
Oh the shame! Idiot that I am. Mind you I got it all in proportion on my drive home when an ambulance passed me at speed and there had been an accident in the Market Place - Police Cars, an Ambulance and the car involved - and worst of all a lady lying in the road. I drove on thinking how trivial were my two events of the morning compared with that.