what does it take to forget

February 5, 2008
By Ashley Tedesco, Bloomington-Normal, IL

According to the "law of forgetting"
we forget everything shortly after it enters our brain.
But I will never forget your touch, your eyes, the shape of your lips when you hold back a lie.
I will never forget the time you let me wear your mom's slippers,
or the time I sat on the couch in your basement
trying to learn polish out of a book so that I could talk to your parents.
I will never forget your mom telling me I have pretty hair,
but with motions instead of words.
The law of forgetting will never apply to this aspect of my life.
These are the years to remember
because this is when our brains are engraved with memories,
memories that we will never forget.

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