Have you seen the latest Canadian Tire commercial? A couple is standing on their front porch, waving at a neighbour, and looking puzzled because they can’t remember the neighbour’s name.
That Canadian Tire commercial, is the story of my life, every day. It’s a side-effect of the depression I no longer battle. Apparently, your memory is the first to go, and the last to return. At this point, I wonder if my memory will ever recover.
To be honest, my mind has always had trouble remembering names. And I know I’m not alone. You know who you are and you’re nodding, aren’t you?
I ran into a woman at Starbuck’s, and we chatted for twenty minutes. I couldn’t think of her name, I barely recognized her, and I couldn’t figure out how she knew me. Our conversation was so general I wasn’t picking up on any clues. It took me awhile to figure it out. I really thought I was losing my mind.
Our mind is fascinating, containing a vast amount of information, important and totally useless. Unfortunately, it doesn’t discriminate when it decides what information to lose. Like the time I worked for a bank, and forgot the combination to the compartment that held my cash. It was busy, and like many days before, I walked into the vault and bent down to spin the combination. Nothing. My mind was blank. I had spun that combination every day for months without thinking. And then it was gone.
The most recent incident was remembering a neighbour’s name. Typically, it will come to me in a short while, but not this time. For the last five days, I pass her house as I walk the dogs, and I can’t think of her name. I try triggering the memory by thinking of other names. Is it Clare? No. Hannah? Debbie? Carol? As I walk past her house, the name niggles at my brain and I can’t reach it. Yesterday she was outside raking. We chatted, and still no name came to mind. But this morning the name was coming into focus, and voilà! Her name is Trish.
One neighbour down, and another to go before my life is no longer a Canadian Tire commercial. Now if only I could remember where I put my car keys.