Bruce Sallan: OK girls, it isn't just you during pregnancy or menopause that forgets everything (or so it seems). I'm suffering from such amnesia and I was only pregnant once! Seriously, I've been fond of saying, for the past decade or so, that the only thing I remember is what I had for breakfast. And, the only reason I remember that is because I have the same thing every day.
Does anyone believe that those advertised memory supplements work? I can't remember anyone's name. My wife's name literally is one letter's difference from my ex-wife's name. It took nearly two years before I stopped calling her by my ex's name. Even after all the bruises I suffered as a result, I couldn't blame her.
Now, mixing up my kids' names I gather is common. But, forgetting them altogether? Nah, just kidding.
Why is it that I remember the lyrics to songs I loved in junior high? I know, I know, the brain works in mysterious ways. It's my belief that a brain is like a hard drive. Mine is full and unless I erase something, there's no room for anything new. I really don't need all those lyrics. I'd rather remember the names of people I meet at a dinner party (does anyone go to or have dinner parties anymore?).
I do know that exercising my brain is, to some degree, the same as exercising my body. So, writing and reading helps. But it's still a struggle. And, really, what do I know; I'm just a guy.
|Bruce Sallan gave up his showbiz career a decade ago to raise his two boys, full-time, now 13 and 16. His internationally syndicated column, A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW, is his take on the challenges of parenthood and male/female issues, both as a single dad and now, newly remarried, in a blended family. Join Bruce's A DAD'S POINT-OF-VIEW fan page at Facebook. To contact Bruce, visit his new website brucesallan.com.|