I am terrible with dates... The most embarrassing moment was when I forgot my wife's birthday. The whole day the phone didn't stop ringing... and I kept wondering why so many people were calling her. All day long she kept giving me funny expectant looks and nothing went ding-dong in my head. She was spending an amazing amount of time at the computer and whenever I asked her what she was up to, she would say "I'm reading my e-mails.", and then would glance at me again with that totally mysterious (at least to me it was very puzzling) look in her eyes. Even when I looked over her shoulder and saw at least 4 e-mails with the subject "Happy Birthday"... well, I don't think of myself as
someone who is deficient in the "intelligence" area, but it still took about 30 seconds for the full impact of the situation to hit me... And then I fell to my knees and begged her forgiveness for the next 2 weeks... I felt so bad about the whole thing...
But I think, I have gone one better. My wife and I were having a nice dinner together, when I said... "I think I'll go and meet up with so-and-so tomorrow evening". She looked at me with another one of her funny looks (Isn't it wonderful? I'm going to have a whole liftime to figure out her puzzling expressions... and I seriously don't think even a lifetime is time enough).
"Ummm, why not. Haven't seen them for a while. Besides you've got your dance lesson".
"I'm not going to my lesson. I thought we could have dinner together".
"Ummm... We eat together every night."
"I thought we could eat out."
My brain is in overdrive by now... It can't be her birthday... I only forgot that a couple of months ago... can't be our anniversary... we only got married a few months ago... Surely she can't expect me to remember her friends' birthdays/anniversaries.... or her sister's....
And then it hit me... and she saw that I had finally realized what it was...
"You've just ruined my surprise for you.", she screamed.
And I found myself grovelling for her pardon once again.... I had just remembered my own birthday!!!!