Down Memory Lane

@gurujee (216)
India
October 5, 2011 6:24am CST
Last Sunday I had a call from a friend of mine asking me to meet him at a particular place. We had not seen each other for nearly twenty years. I got ready to meet him. I did not know whether I would be able to recognize him at first sight. That would really be an awkward situation. He was one of my intimate friends. But with the passage of time he had faded away from my memory as most of my friends had. When I went to meet him at the appointed hour, I found his room locked. When I went down the stairs, I saw an old man going down the stairs ahead of me. I could recognize him from a distance; it was my friend. I did not call him; I wanted to spring a surprise. I overtook him and stood in front of him. He asked me bluntly who I was. I was stunned. It took nearly five minutes to make him understand who I was. Have you ever been in such situations when your memory played hide-and-seek?
7 responses
• Philippines
5 Oct 11
Yes, definitely! I still remember when I forgot about how my bf's uncle look like and I saw him on a public transpo when I was commuting. He was looking at me and it gave me the creeps because I can't remember who he is. He kept staring at me 'til I got off at my stop. It was when my bf told me that I snubbed his uncle when I remembered the incident. Haha, man, that was so embarassing.
@gurujee (216)
• India
5 Oct 11
That would have been really embarrassing-treating someone important in your life as a nonentity and later on coming to terms with the faux pas you had made.
@shibham (17025)
• India
5 Oct 11
Sometimes on the midst of the way.... my close friend give a slap on shoulder saying " hey, shibham" They face is completely familiar to me and as well the conversation runs, i try to recollect his name and where we met each other. lol. Same ,down memory. have a nice time.
@gurujee (216)
• India
5 Oct 11
It is all because of the trick played by our mind.
@smacksman (6074)
5 Oct 11
Ah yes - the passage of time is kinder some than to others. I can't even remember the names of my school mates let alone what they looked like! I said hello to a chap I hadn't seen for 10 years and he didn't recognise me. I felt quite agrieved. I put it down to failure of his memory rather than any change in my fuller face!
@gurujee (216)
• India
5 Oct 11
To Bernard Shaw this was a blessing in disguise-he did not like to be troubled by old acquaintances. Yes, as one grows old, memory begins to fail. We have to learn to take this reality in our stride.
@allknowing (66751)
• India
5 Oct 11
Not in a situation when we could not recognise each other but I have organised get together of classmates almost 30 years after we saw each other on 'send off' day. I could manage to collect 14 of the 33 classmates and you can imagine the joy we experienced seeing each other. This is now a routine with us and we now meet often and have managed to meet those who could not make it for the first meeting.
@gurujee (216)
• India
5 Oct 11
That would really have been a wonderful moment to cherish.
• United States
12 Oct 11
I have not had that happen to me yet, but it sounds like it was quite awkward. I am not sure how I would have handled such a situation, especially since it seems that he did not want to believe that you were who you said you were, although I am not sure why anyone would lie about such a thing or how you would have even known he was supposed to be meeting someone if you were not who you said you were.
• Philippines
6 Oct 11
I haven't experienced that my friend. But I guess it went funny for both of you.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
6 Oct 11
I've had people who'd known Me 20 Years ago coming over to say hello when meeting them for the first time in that long..And I've had relatives I'd not been in touch with while growing up who could recognise Me and I'd be trying to figure how they knew Me! It's not easy remembering people You've only briefly met in the past,sometimes...