Stumped by ‘simple’ password

I have a lot of passwords for my computer to access various sites that we receive advertising and e-mail from.
I’ve been able to memorize a great many of them, but for my memory’s sake, and for other people to use at some future time, I have them stored safely away.
Some are as simple as a four-digit number much like you have for your bank access card. Others combine numbers, the alphabet, and keyboard characters.
Some are as many as 16 digits long for added security.
Security experts tell you never to write your passwords down in case someone stumbles across them. But for those really long passwords, I’ve not been able to memorize them so I have broken the rule and written them down.
Last November, I acquired a wireless router to use in the apartment my wife and I were renting in Winnipeg. My son helped set it up and insisted on using a separate administrator password and a separate user password for privacy issues.
After our three-week stay, we packed the router back into its box and brought it home.
In creating the passwords, we chose not to use any ones that we currently were using in favour of new, simple, easy-to-remember ones. We followed our son’s advice and knowing that they were both simple and easy to remember, we never gave them another thought.
If we had written the passwords down or placed them in our computers or cellphones or tablets, it would have been a good thing to do. It’s now July—seven months later—and we are set to use the router again.
The computers and tablets that we were using back in November still will connect. That is the good thing. But my wife has a new cellphone and trying to have it connect to the Internet has proven a challenge.
We have company coming and we expect they would like to connect to the Internet with portable devices. Alas, we can’t remember what that simple password is that we put into the router last November.
I also can’t remember what the administrator password is to reset the password.
I can remember thinking this password is really easy to remember and the router software told me it was highly-secure. I was really quite proud of setting the router and software up.
Now I am feeling foolish. Every variation on what the password possibly might be has failed. I seem to remember that it was a combination of letters and numbers, but I can’t remember how many of each.
We are stumped. Did we use 10 characters, 12 characters, or 14 characters? I can’t remember.
It might be birthdates, but those seem to fail. It might be a combination of two birthdates with a word in the middle, but that too has failed.
I am stumped! That simple, straightforward password is evading our memories.
The security is working and new users are blocked.

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