I wonder why these incidents keep happening again and again, leaving not only me but the others too equally embarrassed because my ‘Memory’ for names and faces works with a vengeance making no difference — whether the person I meet is known to me or not!
Hitherto there have been instances where I remembered the face, but not the person’s name and at such times I always preferred to play safe by not addressing him/her by name. Again, in some cases I would remember the name and trusting my memory would confidently greet the person by his/her name and would get a blank stare in response! I t was evident that I had mistaken the person for someone else I knew!
My recent faux pas surpassed all those I had made in the past. I met my friend and his wife at a lecture meeting which is preceded by breakfast and greeted them,(addressing only my friend by name for obvious reasons) and noticed another lady sitting on the other side of the table having her breakfast. I could only catch a side view of her and promptly asked if she was their daughter. It was only when all the three stared at me in disbelief, I saw the lady’s face which spoke of her age (no wonder they would have thought I was out of my mind !)
Then my friend gave me some sound advice ,that is to get my eyes tested!
I think who ever said if you ass-u-me, you make an ass of you and me is probably right. Can some one wise enough think of something similar for the word ‘ presume’ as well?
n.meera raghavendra rao