Saturday, February 25, 2006

Never good with Names

One very nice anonymous person corrected me on the Dan Jansen Olympic story... I had written his name as "Jennings. "

This brings up a real problem with me and names....I am horrible with remembering them!
I have a bad reputation for forgetting names or referring to people by the wrong name....especially if I get it wrong the first time.

Dan Jansen will probably forever be thought of as Jennings by me for the rest of his life! It seems to go into the long term memory bank and I can never seem to withdrawl that mistake.
Now when someone corrects my mistake...it makes sense to me that I said it wrong...but I invariably have a few people/things that I continue to get wrong. (other examples include-saying cups for glasses or vice verses, saying unthaw instead of thaw in reference to frozen foods, saying stove for oven.)
Since my husband has lived with me for 31 years, he now understands most of my terminology mistakes. I consider myself educated but just like the spelling hangup I have, I also have a few other little idiosyncracies that bug me.

Jeffrey will tell you the time he was going on a blind date to one of the high school dances. His dates name was Lauren...I called her Stephanie like 4 times in about 10-15 min. Needless to say Jeffrey was kinda embarassed about his mom...
He still to this day jokes about that blind date by saying, "You know mom, my blind date .... "Stephanie?""

It really amazes me that I can remember non-relevant trivia and things of no value but can't remember some of those more important facts, (like names!)....
Even my family is sometimes amazed at the facts I pull out of the air....sometimes they just shake their heads!

Oh, well...I can only apologize for the brain lapses! Sorry Dan "Jennings"....

5 comments:

neva said...

Must be a family thing but my Hubby insists that I say what I mean and no he doesn'tunderstand me even after 30 years. Go figure.

Your loving daughter-in-law said...

Funny things about memories...I had a very wise professor one time report that she knew week by week the development of a growing fetus (including organs, vessels, ears, etc.) However, she could never remember the simple things; like picking up eggs, milk, and cheese from the grocery store...so I've learned, when I hit memory road block the next words out of my mouth (or going through my head)are always going to be "eggs, milk, and cheese" and sometimes that helps me think of the thing I've forgotten.


Now, where did I put my keys?
"Eggs, milk, and cheese" "the refrigerator?"

Your loving daughter-in-law said...

Speaking of very wise individuals, another wise woman once told me that I don't need to worry about my memory until I actually forget what the keys are used for...then we've got problems.
So, Tina, I guess if you know that there should be a name associated with a person, and you at least get the gender right, you're still okay? Seems like simple logic to me...

MotherOf3Guys said...

I like your logic...you can put me in the home when I forget your name!

Jeff said...

i don't forgive you... that incident was like straight out of a movie. I mean you called lauren "stephanie" 4-5 times TO HER FACE while i was standing there...and after I corrected you...how is one supposed to react to a situation like that?