QUOTE(Tortellini @ Mar 20 2012, 11:44 AM)
I have a similar problem with names. My mother-in-law frequently phones up and asks to speak to M - my husband's brother and she calls him
by my husband's name. I put this down to her being ninety but now that I have two sons, I do actually confuse their names quite a bit too - sometimes my brother and the cat's name even get into the mix!
My brother has relatively recently separated from his wife; and this Xmas brought his girlfriend with him to visit the family. Each of my parents called her by the ex-wife's name (only once each though!)
But then my father, when he did this, said he frequently confuses the names of his two sons (who are 25 years apart in age, and one lives with him and the other lives at the other end of the country). He then somewhat sheepishly admitted that he does on occasion call his (second) wife by my mother's name (his first wife).
Mind you, my mother's as bad with remembering who eats what. I remember as a child going out to eat at Pizza Hut and my mother quizzing my step-father about whether he ate tomato ("yes I do, it's [first husbad] who doesn't") or beetroot ("yes I do, it's your boss who doesn't")
My late mother-in-law frequently mixed up the names of her sons (three of them, each 18 months apart) and also with her dog
It took her ages to get my name, more than once she called me Alison - the funny bit here is that neither my husband nor his brother can think of anyone called Alison who has ever been anything to the family (e.g. an ex-girlfriend) She called me that when we first me - though I had been warned. She'd also referred to me as Alison more than once on the phone beforehand, leading my husband (who wasn't my husband then!) to say "If you're not going to call her the right name, don't call her anything at all!")