NEW JERSEY, USA: Help!: I’m Losing My Mind

When it comes to memory, I have occasionally had difficulty remembering “things”.  And, by things I mean my keys, my cell phone, paying a bill (ouch!), etc.  However, when it comes to remembering past events, I’ve been told that I have the memory of an elephant.

I attribute it to making friends and maintaining good friendships.  But, that memory is not so impressive when there has been alcohol involved. (In that case, my inner elephant fails me, but apparently I’m a lot of fun.)

Even my childhood friend, who grew up across the street from me, still lives vicariously through her own childhood through my memory bank.  There has been many times when I have started a story that begins with “Remember when…” only to find that I am the only one who remembers it.  It is a little lonely when that happens.

We all have a special superpower: I’m sure of it, and a good memory is mine.  But recently, my world got turned upside down, and it’s embarrassing for me to admit.  But, I felt that there MUST be other mothers who have been in my situation, so anyway, here goes…


Jennifer Burden

Jennifer Burden is the Founder and CEO of World Moms Network, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Network writes from over 30 countries, has over 70 contributors and was listed by Forbes as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women”, named a “must read” by The New York Times, and was recommended by The Times of India. She was also invited to Uganda to view UNICEF’s family health programs with Shot@Life and was previously named a “Global Influencer Fellow” and “Social Media Fellow” by the UN Foundation. Jennifer was invited to the White House twice, including as a nominated "Changemaker" for the State of the World Women Summit. She also participated in the One Campaign’s first AYA Summit on the topic of women and girl empowerment and organized and spoke on an international panel at the World Bank in Washington, DC on the importance of a universal education for all girls. Her writing has been featured by Baby Center, Huffington Post,, the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.” She is currently a candidate in Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in the Executive Masters of Public Affairs program, where she hopes to further her study of global policies affecting women and girls. Jennifer can be found on Twitter @JenniferBurden.

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