My memory had escaped me. I’d lost my concentration. My mind was letting me down at a critical moment. If only I could remember the words! I couldn’t though, so I was silent before a special audience that seemed very captivated at that particular moment. That certainly would not last for much longer — I soon would lose the audience’s attention, and with it, all control.

I was not in court responding to a difficult question from a judge, or in my office having a conversation with a client about his or her expectations. Instead, I was lying in bed at home, with my 9-month-old daughter. What I was doing, and really all that I was doing, was trying the best that I could to remember the words to a nursery rhyme. I started it successfully, but only for a few words. Then, I choked.