Mistakes – Blog Carnival

mistakesWelcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival. This week’s word is: Mistakes.
Although this is a ‘One Word’ carnival, we have a theme for the next few weeks and the theme is “Let Go Of…” So every week, we will have a word for the week, but the theme will be letting go of that word.

My entry is below all of this intro stuff.

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I Only Remember Mistakes


I have a terrible memory. Terrible.

My memory is like the memory of one of those things that doesn’t have a very long memory span….

An elephant? No… wait…  no, I forget what it is, but anyway, my memory is like that.

It is on a fairly regular basis that someone will call on my phone and ask if they can come round to my house and I’ll tell them yes, but in the five minutes it takes them to get here, I completely forget they’re coming and get quite surprised when the doorbell rings.

It’s kind of fun, in a way!

One thing I do remember is that, after living in England with my wife for six or seven years, we were going to my parents’ house one Sunday afternoon for Sunday lunch and I started to explain to her what to expect like she’d never been there before.

She gently informed me that we had, in fact, gone there for lunch virtually every Sunday for the past six years and she knew full well what to expect.

Still to this day, I don’t remember her going to their house very much, but we only lived a couple of miles from them so I’m sure she did on a regular basis.

Remembering Mistakes

What’s odd though is that I can remember in graphic detail many of my mistakes. In fact, I’d say MOST of my mistakes. If it’s not most of them then I must make a LOT of mistakes to make all the ones I can remember plus extra.

  • I remember the day I pretended to punch my sister in the face and missed…. missed the pretending part, that is.
  • I remember the day dad had just installed a brand new stainless steel sink in the kitchen and I spilled some milk on it and cleaned it up….. only the only thing I could find to clean it with was a scouring pad which scratched up the nice shiny new surface, much to my mum’s distress.
  • I remember playing field hockey and taking too many steps inside the scoring zone, which gave the defender just enough time to get his stick on the ball before I took my shot…… I think I scored that day at some point… but I really don’t remember if I did.
  • I remember the time when I called my best friend’s new wife by his ex-girlfriends name….. and I still struggle to remember her real name 🙂

Dare I Forget?

People say we should let go of our mistakes, let go of the past that hurts us… but I don’t really remember anything else so to let go of my mistakes would be to let go of my entire history, almost.

That’s something I struggle with ALL the time.

Do I WANT to forget everything? If I let go of my mistakes, what will there be left of me?

I don’t know… and I think I’m afraid to find out!

How about you?

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

4 thoughts on “Mistakes – Blog Carnival”

  1. hazel i moon says:

    Good one! I once introduced my son’s new girl friend to my niece, and called her by my son’s old girl friends name. Robby and Ronnie, very close names and easy to mix up.

    1. PeterP says:

      🙂 I got away with it with my friend’s wife because her name was Helen but he’d had two fairly long-term relationships before that, one with a girl named Jenny and one with another Helen.

      His sister is also named Jenny (as is mine) so when I called Helen ‘Jenny’, she understood.

      I still panic a little when I speak to her though, just in case I get it confused again!

  2. Ha! If it’s any help, I have no recollection of you ever accidentally punching me! (Deliberately tickling me when I was trying to go to sleep, yes…!)

    Maybe if you let go of those bad memories your brain will have space to make new, happy ones?

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