Friday, August 08, 2008

Cursed

I’m cursed with an excellent long term memory. I can remember every detail about events from years ago. I can remember whole conversations I had with people I’ve not seen in over a decade, what they were wearing and what I was wearing.

What use is this to me? Absolutely none whatsoever (unless I need to write my memoirs later in life which seems unlikely).

It is a curse. It makes it far too easy to dwell on the past, nobody else ever remembers these things and I look like an obsessive for remembering everything.

On the other hand, I have what the OH refers to as my “skipping mind”, a shockingly bad short-term memory and an infuriating absentmindedness. I can't remember what I walked into the room to do, but I can tell you in detail about things that happened in 1994.

2 comments:

northern monkey said...

I know excatly what you mean as I'm the same...

My OH has a terrible memory so we're always having conversations where I say things like "you know when we went to [name of restaurant] in 1996 and you had the fish with the lemon sauce and i had the red wine from spain" whilst he stares at me blankly...

Thankfully in my line of work this is regarded as a blessing rather than a curse and I am tagged as the one with amazing attention to detail and the font of all knowledge!

cogidubnus said...

Reminds me of an old boy I used to know at work, who in current life genuinely couldn't remember which day of the week it was...

However, on the marriage of a mate of mine, (a distant cousin of his), in 1984, he said to the grooms parents: "Oh I remember the last time we met...it was 1948... just after your wedding...we had xxxx for dinner" ... and sure enough after 36 years he could remember the entire menu in detail...