Do I know you?

Okay, I have had these totally wired and funny encounters. I meet someone, somewhere. I smile and a light bulb lights up in my mind. Hey I know him/ her. The others person’s actions are mimicking mine. We exchange greetings, shake hands or embrace and after a few minutes of empty chitchat we say goodbye and go on our separate ways.

And you would be saying, what’s weird about this. Totally normal, right? Wrong! I have no idea who that person was. I know at the back of my mind that I know them but no name or connection jumps to my mind at that time. And funny enough the other person is in a similar situation!!!!

After I go and am doing something else, it suddenly pops into my head. Oh! She/ he was so and so, and I have met them on several occasions, though not recently.

And there is another sort of similar but different situation.

I meet someone, they would greet me as a friendly face, ask about family etc etc and I am standing there totally blank. Not a jot of familiarity, no name or facial recognition. This is a super embarrassing situation. What to do?

Nothing else to do but to feign. I pretend to know them, ask a few vague questions and make some general comments. And in most of the aftermath, I wouldn’t remember at all who it was!

And I don’t ever come clean and ask them, “Excuse me, do I know you?” Or “Do I know you from somewhere “. I feel that they might feel hurt by my failure to recognize them at even insulted.

Has it happened to you? Or are one of those lucky ones who never forget a name or a face?

waiting for your comments and feedback.



28 thoughts on “Do I know you?

  1. Although I generally have a good memory for names and faces sometimes my mind draws a blank and I just cannot remember a certain person.
    Like you I am too embarrassed to own up to someone that I don’t recognize them.
    I wouldn’t want to offend them.

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  2. Don’t ask me anyone’s name. I remember faces and places I have seen them, and I remember voices. I used to blow customer’s minds when I worked at a little deli and they would call, and place their order or I would just say “your usual?” without taking their name, then hand it to them as soon as they walked in. But names….not a chance.

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  3. It has happened to me, especially with students who were in my classes. There were many students through the years, they recognize me and I look dumb.

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  4. Happens to me all the time. Sometimes I just do what you do, but other times I profusely apologize, admit that I either can’t remember their name or have no recollection of them whatsoever and ask them to refresh my feeble memory.

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    1. I don’t think it’s connected to aging, because I was like this in my younger days too. I think it’s a gift some people have and some don’t, that is of having a good memory for faces and names.

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  5. Totally. All the time. I’m awful with names and always have been, so it’s not an age thing for me. Although I could blame it on that now! Strangely I’m good at buildings, places and directions which may be something to do with the fact I was an insurance surveyor for many years in the dim and distant past.

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