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C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet

C Is For Can’t Remember The Alphabet

by Gina Valley

I’m appalled at how often I catch myself reciting The Alphabet Song when my kids aren’t home.

I can’t even fib to myself that I’m helping them with their memorizing to improve their academic experience.  Nope, I just have a heck of a time remembering the order unless I run through the whole flipping thing.

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How many times have I had to sing A-B-C-D in order to figure out the whole G-H-I-J-K fiasco?

And, what about that S-T-U-V  W-X-Y-Z mess?   Is that even knowable without the Q-R-S?

Is there anyone who doesn’t need the L-M-N-O-P to get to the Q-R-S thing in the first place?  Is it just me?

So, why is this significant today, I mean in addition to making me feel like a moron regularly as I hum The Alphabet Song to myself at my desk while trying to do my filing?  Because I’m trying to do the A-Z Challenge.

As I understand it, and I’ve probably missed something significant, so please don’t go by me, the challenge is to write posts daily in April that have titles that coordinate with the sequence of the alphabet.

I’ve considered doing the challenge before, but I’ve always chickened out.

Not because I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to write daily.  I already do that.  I wasn’t even worried about coming up with titles for some of the more difficult letters, like X and Q.

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No, I worried about posting the alphabet in the wrong order.  Apparently, you’re supposed to do the alphabet sequentially correctly.

For me, that’s the big issue.  What if I do the order of the alphabet wrong?

Like today, for example.  It’s only the 3rd possible day of the challenge (people are on slightly different schedules based on their option of whether to write on Sunday or not), and already I had to recite The Alphabet Song and consult a calendar (twice) to be sure that I’m on the correct letter.

I have a college degree.  I’ve done post graduate work.  I’ve read uncountable pages.  Why don’t I know the alphabet?

I once came up with a Jesse Owen costume for Son#2 with only 30 minutes’ notice.  I figured out how to make our Christmas tree spin years before you could buy them that way.  I know where to park at the Ducks’ games so we don’t have to wait in line to exit the lot and are already in the correct lane for the freeway on ramp that’s 3 ½ miles away.  Why don’t I know the alphabet?

I speak several different languages (cussing and sarcasm count, right?).   I make pancakes and cornbread from scratch.  I can change the oil (including the filter) in my car.  Why don’t I know the alphabet?

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A friend of mine, Carl, knows the alphabet so well that he can say it backwards at full speed starting at any letter.   My youngest son thinks that’s the most impressive thing in the world.

I’m not jealous.  Usually.   Sometimes.

But, when I am jealous, I remind Carl, that even though I can’t compete with his alphabet skills, I can build people.

He, naturally, then reminds me, that he hopes the people I build don’t need to know the alphabet.

Touché, my brother.  Touché.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Are you Alphabet Song-dependent?  Is there some simple thing you mess up consistently?  Is it just me flailing around out there?  What color is your toothbrush?  Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

And, thank you for reading!  I am so thankful for the time you spend with me.

Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission
12 Responses
  • steve shapiro
    April 3, 2013

    My wife doesn’t know the alphabet. She’s a retired SAG actress — if you don’t know what’s SAG it’s no matter — and my doctor recites the alphabet when he washes his hands, for that’s the duration for ‘sudsing’ and rinsing. I brush my teeth eleven times on each four surfaces, upper right, left; lower right and left inside and upper inside; so okay that’s six or eight. But, when I wash my hands, switching from the number count to the alphabet count, I need to remember ‘M’ is in the middle and that’s 13; so two less makes the mandatory 11 in case I’m still on alphabet thought instead of numerical thinking. Now you have trouble with the sequential alphabet, our family has it far worse. C is for can’t; but for us XXX is for porno ;)~:

  • Brian Sorrell
    April 3, 2013

    This reminds me of my irrational fear of field sobriety tests. I absolutely cannot say the alphabet backwards under any circumstances, and I worry that one day this will land me in jail.

    • D. Renee Bagby
      April 6, 2013

      Brian – I am so totally right there with you. I don’t know the alphabet backwards. That wasn’t a requirement in elementary school. The teachers were just happy forwards. I would hate to be put in jail for something I can’t even do sober. 😛

  • Janice
    April 3, 2013

    I actually set up a spreadsheet and went letter by letter so I don’t skip one! So no worries, you aren’t alone. My A to Z is on agriculture…. Am excited to figure out what words to use everyday.

  • violafury
    April 3, 2013

    I don’t know about Alphabet song-dependency (there’s probably a pill for that) but there are some hilarious videos on “World’s Dumbest Drunks” where one guy recites “A, B, C, D. E. F, G, and so forth” to the cop and a girl who does Karaoke Alphabet song and never gets past A, even with help. I don’t know about you, but I’m freaking laugh-dependent. There ain’t no pill for what ain’t broke and I’m still laughing–I started when I read your title and I haven’t stopped yet. GREAT POST!!!!!!!

  • Riann Colton
    April 3, 2013

    The Alphabet Song is awesome when you worked in a book store and you’re shelving books. Just sayin’…sure customers look at you weird but by god my books were in order.

  • Josh
    April 4, 2013

    I have actively been trying to forget some of the songs from old kids shows. I had to watch more of The Wiggles and the like than I care to remember. Oy. 😉

  • D. Renee Bagby
    April 6, 2013

    Gina – Don’t feel bad. I have to do it too. Not the whole song since I have it remembered in junks, but for some reason (and I’m sure there’s some scientific explanation — there always is) I can’t seem to keep J and K straight. Hell, before I even typed that I had to go H – I – J – K. A through I is fine but J and K screw me up. And then there is O – P – Q. I have to start at N (sometimes M) for fear of mixing up the order.

    And the same goes for starting at W to remember X – Y – Z. You would think being at the end of the alphabet would make it easier, but nope, even those elude me at times. So yes, the alphabet song is my friend.

    Oh and to help you with the dates — A to Z’s website has the schedule posted. I have it saved to my desktop because on top of misremembering the order of my alphabet, I lose track of days too. 😀

  • Jill
    April 7, 2013

    I am most definitely alphabet song dependent. I mean, I know C comes before F and M comes before S, but to get those fine details down… yeah. My filing basket gets out of control because I put it off, and I’m sure that makes it even worse. It’s a good thing they made that alphabet calendar for us, but that’s assuming we know what day it is, lol.

    Good luck in posting in the proper order!

  • Marjorie McAtee
    April 11, 2013

    I do this all the time. I’m pretty sure no one actually remembers the alphabet without singing the song to themselves. Usually I do it in French though cause I forget I don’t need to use that language anymore.

  • Kristen
    April 15, 2013

    Haha! I have about half the problem. I remember sections. If I need to know a what letter comes before the beginning of a section, I have to think of the section before it. But sometimes I go too many sections before, so I have to skip to the next section. I can do this pretty quickly, so I can pretty much fake it. 🙂

    Here are my sections: ABCD EFG HIJK LMNOP QRS TUV WXYZ