Post #12 in the Blog Every Day in May Challenge, 250 words or less. Prompt for May 12: What do you miss?
When I see this prompt, all I can think of is “of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most.” Many have said it, but it’s most often attributed to Mark Twain.
I think I still have my mind, but I do miss my memory. I miss remembering all those inconsequential things like the names of movie stars or characters in a book. I still remember Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth from Little Women, but I can’t recall the name of the characters in a book I read last week.
I seem to lose track of what I was talking about if interrupted for even a few seconds. Last week when I had breakfast with an old friend, I was telling her about the new health issues of a mutual friend to me, acquaintance to her.
The waitress asked if we wanted more coffee, and when I turned back to my friend, I had no idea what we’d been talking about. Fortunately, she said, “Well, he spoke at our conference a few weeks ago…” and soon I remembered who she was talking about.
I love The Memory Palace, by Mira Bartok. It is about her relationship with her schizophrenic mother, but it’s also about Mira losing her past memories when she had a serious accident, and how she rebuilt those memories. The book is beautifully written and makes me appreciate the memories than I have rather than the short-term memories that aren’t so important anyway.