Brian and Dave, thanks for the replies. I am more in Dave's camp, that everyone is different. Brian, your attitude is common, believing that most people are like yourself and I don't think they are.
While there are some commonalities, each person is unique, with their own strengths and weaknesses. While most fall into the average range in terms of aptitudes. There are those with natural gifts, and those that are below average and struggle. The story is about a person that struggles.
As for myself, memorization I am okay with, average if you will. Ear training I am okay with. Sight reading? Bottom 10%, it is a huge struggle.
Those with huge natural talents often write on the forum, along the lines of just do so and so, it will only be a few minutes a day, and soon you will be doing xyz easily. The phrase easy as pie comes to mind. The talented don't seem to understand that the average person might be looking at two years of dedication to reach the same level that came easily to them in a few weeks or months. That the below average person may be looking at five years or more of dedicated work to reach their "easy" level.
If a person has had 12 years of lessons, I might imagine that if he/she was in the average range, memorization would have happened in year one, or year two, just as a by product of being a dedicated student. More likely, it is a huge task for that person. To discount that struggle and the subsequent achievement, is not fair to that person, and a reason I posted the story. So that others that struggle with a certain task or skill can see that there are others that struggle and overcome.
That and the tips to analyze the piece, study it section by section, play with the eyes closed, and keep trying to perform it without the sheets, until the beast is tamed.