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Hello there, now what is your name?



Kathryn Yarbro

Guest Columnist

I’ve really gained recognition during the many years that I have been associated with the Lincoln Times-News.

Just this recent Saturday evening when leaving a local restaurant, I heard someone say “that’s the woman who worked for the newspaper.”

I said hello and kept walking because I couldn’t think of their name. I knew that she had once worked at the hospital and that he had helped me out by doing several handyman jobs. He is also a veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart medal during his military service.

How can I recall all this and not their name?

It happens all the time. After all those years why is the name first to go? It seems as if names would be easier to recall than all this other info about people.

But no. I meet and greet people in restaurants, supermarkets and on the street, walk away thinking that I met this person doing so and so, while I was somewhere with someone else, but what is his name?

This is one of many changes that creep up on you as you keep having birthdays. Your memory button keeps clicking off and on.

Have you ever thought how smart you would be if that button would stay on and only let you remember things that are worthwhile?

Delete the trash and all the problems that you’ve encountered and wipe out the many troubles you couldn’t fix and then there would be room for all those wonderful memories.

Never again would you keep having nagging thoughts about who just said hello, where you left your checkbook or how you made that last batch of biscuits.

You could forget all your many mistakes, delete all those what ifs, and cancel the urge to slap stupid when it comes your way.

You could greet all your old friends by name, ask about children and grandchildren, by name of course, keep up with your checkbook, pay all bills on time and never run out of biscuit mix.

May be our memory button does stay on and the things you want to forget pushes what you want to remember aside and sometimes in the middle of the night it relaxes and then you know where you put your checkbook.


 Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.

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