I believe I have admitted it to you. I have a serious problem with recognizing people. I'm quite sure I could NEVER pick out the correct criminal suspect in a police line-up. I actually have decent memory skills. I can remember haircuts I did 2 years ago, I remember birthdays, and remember the words to songs(for the most part). That said, I have never been good with faces or really any details about people. If you get kidnapped while you are with me... I may not actually be able to help out the police with what color shirt you were wearing that day, or what color your eyes are. Sorry..
This can be a huge problem when I'm out in "the real world" away from work. People find me in the grocery store, or at the mall. They know me. I have no freaking clue who they are. I feel really bad about that. So, I have learned (as well all have to at one time or another) to fake it. I smile, ask how they are, and more importantly how their pets are. If I can just get out of them what their pet's name is without letting on I have no hope of remembering their face, I'm golden. Once I hear the pets name, it all comes back to me.
I of course will remember the pet's name every time. If pets were out shopping by themselves.. I'd be able to greet them by name every single time! Give me 4 seemingly identical Shih Tzus, and I can tell you their names. Sad, right?? I blame it on the fact that I spend a grand total of about 4 minutes with each human client that comes in. I will spend at least 3-4 hours with their pet. At least that is what I keep telling myself.
I leave you with my latest meeting with a client at a local art fair. My facebook friends have heard this already. Thankfully she spit out the dog's name immediately, so I was doing well. She was quite excited to see me and wanted to introduce me to her Mother, a woman in her 70's. She told me "This is "Molly's" Grandma!!" Her Mother responded to this by telling me "It's OK that she calls me a dog's Grandma, because we all know what they call a dog's Mother". I guess we do all know that. I hope that I kept a fairly straight face when I told her "I guess you have a point". HA!!