Every few days someone-or-the-other reminds me of something that happened in the past and I realize that I've lost all recollection of the event. I have no idea why this is, or what I can do to prevent it. A friend-who-will-one-day-be-a-shrink tells me that this is a sign of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder, for the uniniated). She may be right.
For example, I remember nothing prior to August 4th of the summer-when-my-father-died.
A friend of mine who came down from Kabul-to-Karachi for the weekend sometime in July that year was traumatized when it became clear that I had no recollections of her trip. She spent quite a bit of time with me that trip, and as she painstakingly reminded me while crabbing last night, we went for many dinners and a cheap-Pakistani movie together. She even came over to my house for a meal.
I nodded, and smiled, and pretended to remember all the while desperately searching my brain for anything more than a shadow of the past. No luck. I take her word for it. I know we must have done all that and more. But as much as I try, I cannot summon up the particulars.
Is it possible for something like this to happen? For your brain to suddenly turn around and refuse to acknowledge periods in time. I've always had a rotten long-term memory, but this is just a little absurd methinks.