The Curse of a Good Memory

I have a really good memory. Ridiculous, some might say. Unfair, others (men) may complain. Usually it’s a good thing. I love being able to recall odd facts about things that happened fifteen years ago, but sometimes all that information gets a little… cumbersome.

I never really thought about it until yesterday morning, but every day when I first think of the date for that day (for example, over coffee this morning I’ll think “Oh, it’s October 8th”) I then try to remember whose birthday it is. Seems odd, right? Of course it’s someone’s birthday, but more times than not I’ve crossed paths with a person with a birthday every day of the year.

I have a weird thing about remembering dates (yesterday was the one-year anniversary since my grandmother’s surgery) and I’ve moved around A LOT, therefore I’ve met a lot of people and those details stick with me. November 24th: guy I dated for three months in 1997. March 3rd: friend from elementary school. April 16: two friends from high school and another friend’s little girl. And on and on and on.

This talent, if you want to call it that, isn’t infallible. There are a couple friends whose birthdays WILL NOT stick in my head for the life of me. I cannot explain how much this perplexes me.

So, this seems to be becoming a theme. Any more weird things about you you’d like to share?

About Melanie Hooyenga

Writer. Designer. Jock. Reader. Wife. Puppy-Mama. SCBWI member since 2015.


  1. Hoo's Mom

    You definitely got that from me. People have always said to me “How can you possibly remember that???” Things like how much each of my employees hire dates (back when I had 200 employees). Unfortunately, this talent has diminished a bit over the years, so “enjoy” it while you can!

  2. Hoo's Mom

    Obviously my ability to put together a coherent sentence has diminished too. I could recite both how much an employee made and their hire date…

  3. JLC

    I rely heavily on Facebook and Google calendar to remind me of dates and schedules. If numbers are not arranged “correctly” I have a difficult time remembering them. I never memorized my last cell # because the numbers didn’t make ‘sense’ but I had my recent cell memorized in moments. I can’t tell you what that magical formula is, there is no rhyme or reason to it. Its just the way this Turkey brain works.

  4. kevin

    First, let me just caution on posting a question “…any more weird things about you, you’d like to share…” especially when I am one of many that may happen to run across such a post. As I am sure you can relate, I may have a weird thing or two that ‘usually’ I would most assuredly share. For example, why do i still make a concious effort to pronounce Front Room instead of frunchroom? LOL!

  5. Awwww! LOL! That’s hilarious! I love and admire your memory.

    I used to know people’s phone numbers really well, but then after we stopped actually dialing them, I don’t even know my best friend’s!

  6. Mine’s June 14th. Just sayin’. 😉

    Um, weird stuff… Nope can’t think of anything. I’m perfectly normal, me.


    Why are you looking at me like that?


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