Sometimes I can’t even remember my own children’s names – and I’m the one who named them.
Once my niece brought her roommate Danni to a family gathering. Such a cute name – but do you think I could remember it?
Every time I saw this gal I called her something else. Billie, Bobbie, George. It started as an honest mistake – but quickly turned into a joke.
She still remembers me and asks my niece about her crazy (but fun!) Aunt Melinda.
A few weekends ago at my nephew’s wedding I had a nice conversation with a young man that I knew I knew- but I could not remember his name.
Finally – two days later it came to me.
But the most embarrassing moments happen when I don’t even recognize their face.
Last fall at a benefit for a good friend battling cancer – I was stopped at the door by a familiar face. She hugged me and we had the most interesting conversation – mostly because I had no idea who she was.
I picked up enough clues from our one-sided talk to figure out that we knew each other from college. But it wasn’t till later that night that I remembered who she was and how she would know this mutual friend.
A similar incident happened at a thrift store recently. She looked familiar. She sounded familiar. She obviously knew me well enough to carry on a conversation over the rack of ladies long-sleeved shirts.
But I was clueless.
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to carry on an intelligent conversation while you are frantically trying to figure out who it is that you are talking to?
I really need to find a way out of these muddles.
Is there a polite way to say, “I’m sure you are very important to me but I can’t remember you?” without offending someone?
Maybe there’s some food I can eat to improve brain function. Aren’t carrots good for that? No – wait a minute – carrots are good for your eyes.
I guess I’m just doomed to embarrass myself.
So if we happen to run into each other and I don’t call you by name or if I look a little confused, help a gal out and introduce yourself.
“Hello, my name is…”
I thank you in advance.