I am the youngest of four siblings. They are all two years apart, and I came four years later. We may not be that close in age, but I know what it feels like, at least in some ways, to be a twin.
From the time I became more of a young lady and not so much little girl around some time during high school, people started saying that I looked just like my second sister Miriam. I had always admired both of my sisters, but never thought that I was fortunate enough to look like either one of them. Though we were six years apart people began asking if we were twins. We would just laugh.
One time at a theme park my sister sat the ride out and conversed with a lady while I enjoyed the ride. When I came walking out of the ride area the lady saw me. Her hand flew to her heart and she sputtered, “But I was just talking to you…” before she realized that my sister was still standing next to her!
During my college years and while home for the summer (My sister had been living at home.) I arrived at our little church and found a pew. Pretty soon a man I had never seen before came over and asked, “Hi Miriam may I sit with you this morning?”
“My name is Esther, but you can sit here if you want to,” is what came out of my mouth.
He gawked at me and almost shouted, “How old are you?” I still laugh every time I think of it.
My sister and I now attend the same church. Her son is about six months older than my daughter. When they were still in the nursery Miriam said that they tried to give her my daughter more than once! She has had people come up to her and tell her, “I love your stories!” thinking that she is the blogger. One man looked at her in complete shock and asked, “You mean you’re not the one writing those stories?” Our church is big enough that many people think we are the same person!
Ah well, I think we have fun with it, but if you owe me money make sure you find ME. If you owe her money I would not hold it against you if you get it wrong! 😉
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That is so funny. I think that would be fun. I must not even look like myself because I went to McDonalds last night. I placed my order and went and got my beverage while waiting for my order. I walked back to the counter, drink in hand, and the girl that had just taken my order 45 seconds earlier asked if someone had taken my order yet.
I said, “Yes. You. Less than a minute ago.”
A woman at church whom I’ve met multiple times introduced herself to me again on Sunday. I said, “I know. We’ve met many times before.” Hmmm….
@Mari, I hate that! People usually remember me because they’ve had my children in their classes at church, but I don’t always remember them so I’ve said similar things to people who have responded, “I’ve had your child in Sunday School for two years straight.” So embarrassing!
I’m also terrible at remembering faces. Of course it doesn’t help that I never wear my contact lenses, but still… it can be pretty embarrassing when someone comes up to me and I can’t remember their name!
And, although I don’t have a sister, people used to say that my mom and I look like sisters. My mom has passed on, but now everyone says my daughter and I look like sisters!
I too am the baby of 4 however we will never be accused of being twins considering the age difference is 11 and 12 years respectively. Although my mom swears I was a planned pregnancy I call foul. I know I would never have 3 babies in a span of a year get them to middle school and go gee I miss having a baby let’s do it again.. NOT>.
Esther, you had me laughing out loud! What fun it must be to trick people like that! When I was a young girl, I used to wish I had a twin to blame things on.
By the way, does Miriam ever gloat about the fact that people are, effectively, saying she looks years younger than she really is? LOL!
Love ya, and love your blog!
P.S. That’s a GREAT photograph of you and Miriam!!! You’re both absolutely beautiful (just like your Mom!)
Wow, thanks Melanie! A long time ago people would say Sara (older sister of M & E if anyone else reads this) and I looked alike. I was most flattered but was afraid she would be insulted. I’m proud of my daughters and happy to resemble any one of them. My sister and I don’t look at all alike, but people tell us both we look like Mother. Isn’t that strange? When we were young, we used to say that all Daddy’s relatives thought we looked like Mother and Mother’s relatives said we looked like Daddy’s side of the family. We thought maybe nobody wanted to claim us!
The last time I saw Miriam I thought it was you, with whom I had just spoken in the next room… it took me a few seconds to figure it out, then I hollered “Oh Miriam!” I was so surprised.
Melanie, speaking of gloating… are you still lording it over me? Remember your coworker who thought I was your MOM? Never mind that I am 7 yrs younger than you. Argh!
Susan Evans says
I think the shape of your eyes look similar; other than that, you look totally different. People must not pay attention or actually look at people for real…
How fun. I think you do look alike, certainly in the eyes.
I can’t see much resemblance in this picture, but I have walked up toone of you from the back or side and thought it was the other one. Part of it is the way you carry yourselves and your expressions.