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"I'll never forget what's his name?!"

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"I'll never forget What's his name?!" 

I know some folks, myself included, have never been good at recalling names, but I just do not forget people's names - I do not remember even remembering them. I do not have a clue. I cannot just cough while I quickly rummage through all the names I can recall starting with Q because that is the letter or sound that has popped into my mind. It is not gone, it is as if it was never there, and amazingly, enough I care less and less if I cannot remember it.

I now most times just say, "Excuse me but I can't recall your name - or where I met you - or how I know you - or who you are." Can you help me out here? Well, can you? Will you?

Some folks assume because I cannot recall their names I do not know, or for that matter, care who they are. After all, "If you can't remember my name, can you really remember me?" Of course, this is not necessarily true, even for folks who do not have dementia. However forgetting names produces a stronger emotional response (in me!) when I can't remember the name of my Grand Daughter, Sister-in-Law, son's fiancé. Of course, the ultimate name failure is that on one's spouse (I haven't crossed that bridge yet.)


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