People say I’m like an elephant.
Before you start rolling on the floor with uncontrollable laughter, please note that the likeness is restricted to its mental attributes only!
You’ve certainly heard of the phrase, ‘An elephant never forgets’. Well, that’s where I come in. I have a good memory. It’s not photographic and it’s not foolproof, but it’s pretty good. One of the things I loved doing , growing up, was remembering people’s birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and important milestones. Aunts and uncles always said that they would invariably wait for my call on the day.
As time went by, this extended to names and faces. Remembering people after meeting them once is something most people find difficult. Strangely, I reveled in this. V always turned to me for help in recalling names and faces, a fact that I obviously enjoyed.
Today, with Facebook to tell you whose birthday is coming up or your mobile phone to display the caller’s name and picture, there is no need for us to retain information.
And, that scares me! In fact, there is more pressure.
If I miss a birthday now, the unspoken implication is , ‘How could you forget? It was up on display on your News Feed!’
If I don’t recognise a number, the caller asks, ‘What? I thought you had saved my number!’
Sigh, I don’t know about you, but I resent the fact that the ‘elephant effect’ is being taken away from me. I want to remember all this on my own. Technology should aid, not overtake.
And, let’s face it. The world can always do with more elephants, both the wild and the human variety.