By hellbound - United States - San Antonio
Today, I received a text from my dad, which was borderline-incomprehensible due to an insane amount of text language. I replied, jokingly asked if he had a stroke while writing it. A few seconds after hitting send, I remembered the stroke he suffered last month. FML
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  doodlecloud  |  26

I'm betting OP never really accepted it in the first place. Dad got on with it so OP found it easy to slip back into the day to day and never really faced and dealt with the issue. That's the only explanation I can think of.

  CTMPandemonium  |  16

#35 Or OP was so distraught about it that s/he blocked it out of his/her memory, and asking that question suddenly "un-severred" the tie in his/her memory a little too late?

  sadistmonkey  |  19

There's a difference between forgetting something happened, and not remembering that something you said is directly relevant to the event that happened. I'm pretty sure the OP didn't literally forget that her dad had a stroke. Just had a foot in mouth (finger?) moment remembering that that joke isn't appropriate for her dad.

  slooby_fml  |  25

Forgetting that someone you love had a stroke? That sounds pretty self centered to me. You don't just forget something like that unless you didn't really care all that much about it in the first place

  Fedezzer  |  20

I couldn't replace my previous post, so here is a second: have you ever instinctively said "what?" in a conversation and then realised what they had said anyway? The FML is a bit like that.

  Ali_Br_fml  |  33

sometimes I really don't know what the person said, and I really mean "what?" and a few seconds I realize what was my ears didn't catch up to my brain & mouth or something, but when I think about it, I hear it properly in my head. on to OP's situation...Just because you momentarily forget doesn't mean you don't care. you're so caught up in the heat of the moment that all else goes on the backburner. Maybe OP doesn't live with their dad, and didn't actually hear about it until he was better. Some parents don't tell their kids that type of stuff. Maybe he downplayed it when he told OP, and shrugged it off as if it was no big deal. If you experience something, it's burned into your memory more than when someone just tells you. If OP wasn't sitting there praying for their father to get better, maybe it wasn't burned deeply enough into their memory to be recalled each time they talk to their dad... I've never seen a person having a stroke though, so I don't know how traumatic it is, or how long one stays in the hospital afterwards... it could have been a mini stroke...

  Laurenluvz  |  11

Exactly. Mistakes happen. No matter how big it is, it's still kind of reasonable to forget. Maybe it was a bit traumatizing for OP and She wanted to forget it. We really don't know more than the fact that OP forgot about a big issue at the wrong time.