Memory is so important that the Greeks had a goddess to personify it: Mnemosyne. Mnemosyne was a titan (those above even the commonly known Greek gods), the daughter of Gaia and Uranus. She was the mother (with the help of Zeus) of the nine muses.
In an effort to better myself as a writer, I just started a creative nonfiction writing class with Andi Cumbo. My first assignment, in addition to two readings, is to spend 20 minutes listing things I can't remember. I'm then supposed to pick one to research (pick the brains of others, look at photos, etc.) and then write an essay that focuses on the way my memory and "reality" coincide or differ.
Now tell me, how am I supposed to list things I can't remember? My list really ended up being things I can't remember much about. I'm really wishing I could call on Mnemosyne for some assistance with this assignment.
It was difficult to even write some almost-memories on my list. I knew that to find out more about them or a different perspective on them would require talking with people with whom I don't really care to talk. It's not that the incident around which the memory is based is difficult, it's just that I no longer have a close enough relationship with the other person involved.
Actually, I have settled on a topic memory for my essay as it coincides with another recent line of thinking and it won't be too difficult to explore or research. I hope it won't be too difficult, anyway; it all depends on how deeply my yearbooks and photo albums are buried in the shed! I have to find them, get the information and impressions I'm looking for and write the essay in time to have it posted to the class by Thursday.
I need the muse of time management on my side! If only there was one....