Thursday, October 16, 2008

Don't forget me, please.

I have been thinking about the fear thing, and I think I share a lot of common fears with most people. Spiders, snakes, rats, etc. But the thing I fear the most in life is being forgotten. There's a name for it. Athazagoraphobia.

My parents are selling their house and going to live in the camper all over the country now. What if they forget to come see me? My husband has a job where he works all day, and the kids are in school, but I'm just here alone. What if they forget to come home?

Okay, those are extreme, and highly unlikely. But, I've noticed when I do visit my hometown, I'm not always friendly to people I see in the store or at a restaurant, because I figure they don't remember who I am. I figure I have probably been forgotten. And that can be a really scary feeling.

Each day when I open my blog to see if there are comments, I figure there won't be. I figure everyone will have moved on to someone funnier, or more interesting, or more intelligent. I figure I'll be forgotten. So far, I've done okay.

So there ya have it. My fear. Not my only one, by far. But probably my most intense.


Kate said...

Isn't it funny how many people wouldn't share what you just did but fears like that are more common then we realize. After I posted Blogophobia I was kind of embarassed but isn't this what it's all about BEING HONEST
You'll never be forgotten I can see you are genuine.

Caffeine Court said...

Wow. That made me feel sad. I understand that feeling. I think all of us do.

jenn said...

That's fascinating.

Mrs.D said...

I sort of act the same way to people I haven't seen in a long time, too. For the same reason. And you know, I ALWAYS remember them, so I bet they DO remember me, too, but I always assume they don't and just pretend I didn't see them. And besides, I don't know what to say anyway.

NJDecorator said...

I just never know what to say to people I have not seen in a long time. "Oh yeah - no I'm divorced from him, this is my new hubby" seems realy lame. And maybe none of their business.

So I tend towards a quick wave and "hi".

But I understand perfectly.

simplynotso said...

we will remember:)