When I was mowing the yard last week to get ready for the influx of family for the holiday, a song popped up and got stuck in my head.
This is a normal experience for most people, but this particular song struck me as an odd one to come to mind.
That's because I haven't heard it since I was in elementary school.
I don't even know the name of it, and can recall only one small snippet. "Tip toe, tip toe, walking through the door, I hope that ghost doesn't live here any more. Shh… What was that? Did somebody sneeze? A voice comes out, and says Everybody Freeze!"
Our music teacher used to play this song for a game we played in class, and it should be long gone from my memory.
But I started thinking about how much brain space we reserve for seemingly useless stuff.
If the song lyrics and sports statistics that I have stored over the years were free space, I might be able to remember doctor appointments and to take the trash out on time instead of when I hear the garbage truck coming down the street.
Part of me wonders if I could replace the pointless knowledge with something else.
What if I can switch song lyrics with physics? I could be the next Einstein.
Maybe if I didn't know that former Kansas City Royal George Brett is the only professional baseball player to earn batting titles in three different decades, I could find a cure for cancer.
I'll admit, that is a bit of a stretch, but there's some validity to the premise.
Think about it (but not too much), if we didn't waste our brains on meaningless things, our potential could soar.
Wishful thinking I suppose.
And here I am, back wasting brain space thinking about things that can never be.
The human brain is an amazing thing, and I can never dream to fully understand it.
All I know is that I wish I could remember what I did for my birthday last year instead of knowing the long version of Don McLean's American Pie.
These days, time is precious. Important conversations get interrupted by kids, so conversations about said issues have to be short and to the point.
That's where my frustration comes in. Between work, the kids and all of the extra-curriculars, I forget the important stuff.
I highly doubt that I'm the only one who suffers from this debilitating condition.
But as always, I have a plan to remedy the situation.
I'm going to try and prioritize things before I log them into my brain's file cabinets.
Page 2 of 2 - I doubt it's going to work though. I think I've tried this before, but I can't really remember when it was. Or if it worked.
Wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, George Brett finished his 20-year career with a .305 batting average. That’s pretty good if you ask me.
Jesse Murphy is a reporter for the Maryville Daily Forum. He can be reached at email@example.com.