“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you”—Isaiah 49:15 (NASB).
My youngest son recently called to ask if I remembered a former student of mine. He’d run into the young man at a local business. I’d also taught this former student’s parents and worked with his grandparents, who were also teachers.
How could I forget this young man? My son even remembered how ornery he’d been in school. The young man hadn’t forgotten me, either. He asked my son to tell me hello.
After teaching in a small community for 30 years, I often forget some of my former students’ names. I might recall their faces, and if I’m lucky, their names follow. Multiply more than 100 students a year times 30 and you can see why it’s easy to forget. And that doesn’t count the ones I worked with as their class or club sponsor.
Forgetting is Part of Life
According to a “Psychology Today” article, forgetting is the most prevalent way that memory reveals its imperfections. Robert N. Kraft, author of the article says, “We forget much of what we read, watch, think, and encounter directly in the world.”
It’s no wonder we tend to forget so much of what has happened in the past or at least the details. Details like people’s names, people we might have not encountered for some time or only met once.
Time also isn’t kind to our memories as we age. I’ve jokingly told others that it’s because my brain is already overstuffed with information.
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SOURCE: Assist News