I am 39, my son is 5. Recently, I was talking to another parent about children’s toys, and she asked if I knew the game “Perfection”. I said I didn’t, but I knew the song from a commercial in my childhood. It goes like this:
When you’re into Perfection, you can’t be slow.
You’ve got to be quick, 'cause here’s how it goes.
Press the plunger down, start the timer.
Put the pieces in place, don’t be slow!
In Perfection, you’ve got to move out fast, move out fast
Because the pieces pop up before you put in the last.
And that’s Perfection.
This commercial has probably been off the air for more than 30 years. I never owned the toy and I’m pretty sure I never had an obsessive desire to own it. I didn’t force myself to memorize this song against the unlikely event that I should be asked to recite it, and I didn’t even realize I remembered it until she mentioned it. It wouldn’t have surprised me to hear that the toy no longer existed.
So, the obvious question is: why is this still in my head?
My son also has this disturbing ability. If you ask him “do you remember the last time we were here?”, he will tell you where we stopped and what everyone had for lunch.
I have a theory that children up to a certain age don’t know what’s important, so they make an effort to learn everything. In most of us, the unimportant is eventually forgotten.
Who else has stories like this? Are we just odd? Why am I not a nuclear physicist? Comments please.