Hi! I’m David.
Before we go on, let me tell you 2 things about myself:
1. My brain seems to have lost the capacity to remember details about people especially names, faces and background.
Don’t ask me why but I can forget your name the moment after you tell me.
And the moment after you remind me.
Somehow, the neurons in my brain associated with names and faces has malfunctioned.
I am plagued by this constant question – Where have I seen this person before? Looks familiar…
Then I start to panic.
Is this a church member? My client? My ex-schoolmate? My former colleague? My relative?!?!! Help!!!
This is why I am grateful that my wife is not like me! She is my people recognition app. The problem is, I can’t bring her with me everywhere all the time.
I am hoping that Google Glass will have facial recognition capabilities.
Otherwise, please don’t get offended if I ask you, “Have we met before?“.
2. I have bad breath.
I have this cavity at the back of my mouth which the dentist says he can’t do anything about. It’s a gap between my last molar and a wisdom tooth that didn’t grow.
It is like a cave that provides safety for refugee food scraps.
Despite all effort to keep it clean, food does get stuck in there and emits a foul smell as it rots.
It’s just something I have to live with. And I guess, you have to live with too!
So, if you want to get upset with me if I forget that I know you and my breath stinks, I’m sorry. That’s just who I am.
So, here’s what you can do to help me:
- Remind me of your name when you meet me. Say, “Hi David! I am…..”.
- Pinch your nose and breathe through your mouth. It makes talking to me much more bearable.
If all else fails, just remember this.
I love you.
Even if I don’t know who you are.