Wednesday, June 17, 2020

To alleviate the heavier stuff from this morning

It has started. Each time we see the three year twin great nieces, we ask their mother or grandmother which one is which and try to remember their names by what they are wearing. But at times we forget which is which, and the reply is, I am H not W, which is fine. They will at least have a school lifetime of that.

But now, one will say that then the other will say no, I am W not H. No you're not, I am W. Would it be child abuse to brand or tattoo their foreheads with the initial of their first names? Perhaps I could buy some stickers with H and W on them and surreptitiously stick them to their backs.

While even their own mother gets them wrong at times, their grandmother never does and she is the only one who doesn't.

We live our own Patty Duke Show.

30 comments:

  1. Most twins are fraternal and no more alike than ordinary siblings. But identical twins can be really tricky since they are genetically identical AND may copy each other's speech, hair and clothes etc. That would be so cool :)

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    1. Hels, I've forgotten if they are identical or not. There is very little difference between them.

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  2. When I was at school there was a family which had two sets of twins and a set of triplets. All were identical and they took delight in confusing people. And did so very well. I don't know whether their family had any problems but teachers and classmates certainly did. Later they were separated and sent to different schools to reduce the problem. It didn't. From time to time they would switch uniforms and go the 'wrong' school.

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    1. Oh wow EC. That takes it to a whole other level. Funny about switching uniforms.

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  3. If they are already pretending to be each other, there's going to be a lot of shenanigans when they get to school.

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  4. Just say, "Hey, you and you!" :)

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    1. Lee, can't I use the collective noun, youse?

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  5. That is a problem who is who and if you don't see them everyday it would be confusing, but as you say there mum gets confused at times probably because she's in a hurry or something or doesn't look at them long enough - just a thought.

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    1. Margaret, yes we don't see them often enough. And as you say, their mother doesn't look at them properly at times.

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  6. A guy I know is an identical twin, a year or so older than I am. A few years ago, he was going to Moscow on holiday, at the last minute he discovered his passport had expired. His brother's passport went to Russia. Reportedly only one bribe was paid to get a border guard to stop staring at the photo and asking questions.

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    1. Travel, so much for strong border controls.

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  7. They'd be disappointed if you got it right all the time.

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    1. I expect they would be Cynthia.

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  8. I remember a pair of identicals who had gold bracelets on their wrists that were forged on with their names. It solved the problem as their parents couldn't tell them apart.
    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I am surprised even the parents couldn't tell them apart.

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  9. I have identical twin uncles and twin cousins. I don't have a problem distinguishing them from each other. Maybe, I am just more observant.

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    1. Gigi, we had twin brothers as friends and while we never had a problem, other people did.

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  10. Oh my gosh I can't believe they are three already Andrew, oh I bet they are gorgeous. So it's true, grandmother's are always the wisest 😉

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    1. Grace, and we are all three years older too. Wise grannies, yes.

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  11. My son's best friends at school were identical twins and you referred to them as Danny-Gary and more Danny-Gary.

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    1. Marie, so we call each both names? Might work.

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  12. I've had several good friends who are identical twins. I never made the mistake of getting them wrong. Now here's my trick. Watch them. There are little differences in the tone of voice or inflection. Their personalities are going to be just that smidgen bit of different. Even color of hair and eyes. Look and you will find the one thing that is different.
    My friend Carol and her twin Carolyn (isn't that terrible?) look very close. People confuse them all the time. But my Carol's voice is slightly higher and also she smiles much more than Carolyn.
    You can do this! It will make your life easier!

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    1. Maribeth, I guess if we saw them more often we would be better at it. I've tried to pick up differences, but I haven't been able to yet.

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  13. Buy two T shirts, and paint their initials on the front. Insist they wear them in your company, and threaten them with no cake if the swap them behind your back!

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    1. Cro, an almost perfect solution until they put the wrong tees on, or swap them over.

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  14. s funny, and boy can I relate because I knew 3 sets of twins when I was growing up. The girls used to just say correct us with the right names,but because I had a crush on one of the male twins - Mike, (lolL I always knew who he was. As we got older, it was a little easier to tell them apart because of their personalities and clothing styles - than goodness. I sure wish I would have thought of the sticker idea back then(lol) Hugs, RO

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    1. RO, I expect that will happen as they become older. That is there will be obvious differences. You obviously don't approve of my forehead branding thought. Stickers it is then.

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  15. That is funny :) I went to High school with 3 sets of twins, but only one of them was identical, and in the 3 years we were in the same class I never knew who was who! Apparently one of them had a boyfriend who couldn't tell them apart either.

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    1. Sami, it is a worry about the boyfriend.

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