What do you remember?

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I spend a lot of time thinking about all the things I forget if I don’t write them down — ideas, birthdays, phone numbers, even simple work-related tasks like emailing a client or calling a source for a story.

The other day, though, I started thinking about the things I’m good at remembering. Some of them are small, and some are random, but it’s an interesting exercise, anyway. I always make grocery lists, but I’m pretty good at remembering what’s on them if I forget to take them with me to the store. I remember my appointments, provided I know what day it is — no small feat, for a new parent. (Calls are another matter.) I remember most of my largest overarching to-dos, and I never forget to pay my bills.

Anyway, think positive, right? Are there things you always remember?

2 thoughts on “What do you remember?

  1. I can remember a tremendous lot of details for my genealogy project–names, dates, places–that I carry around constantly in my head for retrieval when I am researching. I assume this is so effortless because I love genealogy so much. Yet things I am not interested in escape me much more often. Thank goodness for my Space 24 planner!

    • What’s funny about your comment is that it reminded me of an entire category, books, that I remember! I’m not good at memorizing poetry but I’ve got big chunks of dialogue from plays floating around in my head, lines from novels, etc. Names, dates, and places, on the other hand… not so much.

      It’s like that Leonard Cohen song: I can’t forget that I don’t remember what.

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