The Twin

It’s one thing to fly a twin, another to be a twin.  Done that and I am that.

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have someone born the same day as you, looked like you, and shared a most of your traits? Identical twins share more than a birthday. We have the same genetic make up.

That’s me, (Wilko) on the right

It’s been a lot of fun. Except in the early years when you get blamed for something the other guy did. We looked so much alike, my grandmother couldn’t tell the difference. We could switch classes and even (briefly) jobs without detection. I do not recommend switching dates.

 There’s a twin research center in Minneapolis (one of the twin cities, right?) which studies such things as twins separated at birth. Turns out many of them end up in the same profession; have the same hobbies and even the same breed of dog. It’s strong evidence that genetics are more powerful than environment in shaping personality. It can be forgiven to act identically if you never knew your sibling when you were growing up. However, wearing the same clothes as a twin adult is just wrong and some say is a little strange.  I recall, one time, scheduling lunch with my brother in downtown Chicago and chose to wear a bright blue sport coat. Very snappy, with white shirt, tie and dark blue trousers. It was one of a kind. I thought. At the appointed hour, I walked toward the restaurant and to my dismay saw my twin brother wearing the same exact jacket with white shirt, tie and navy blue pants. I had no idea another jacket like that existed. Super,  now people will stare at us while we ate. We could do the Doublemint commercial later. That’s why I don’t plan to attend the Twin Days Festival  in Twinsburg,Ohio, where hundreds of identical men and women dress alike.  (National Geographic photographed it last year.)While I’m happy to be a twin, I don’t celebrate it. Many folks who have known me for years still don’t know I’m identical.

Twins are said to have their own language. I guess it’s because some believe identical twins have the same brainwaves.  See this video if you don’t believe me.

As a young tyke, I remember asking my brother to try on a cowboy hat to see what I looked like when there was no mirror handy. We don’t look quite as identical with the passing of time but we still have the same interests, same aptitudes. We both fly, both run,  scuba dive and enjoy history and biographies.  We’re best friends and not all brothers are that lucky. Occasionally, a few ask who is the evil twin and the nice twin, to which I answer: “yes”. These are the same people who ask if we were born on the same day. There are differences. He’s better at engineering. I’m more proficient at sales and marketing.

I’m also a much better golfer. 

Growing up, we never got into name calling. If we were to call each other an ugly doofus,  for example,  to what conclusion would we arrive? There’s shared chromosomes in the mix. Anyway, I’ve always thought that he’s a great looking guy.


8 responses to “The Twin

  1. I would have said ,”I’m much better looking.” 🙂

    Actually there is a fellow here at work who has an identical twin. I asked him to prove it and he showed me a photo of his brother. Standing alone. The effect was underwhelming. I told him a photo of him standing NEXT to his brother might be better proof.

    • He’s also smart. Very smart.

      I once had to produce my license to convince someone I wasn’t him. He was president of his fraternity at U of I . They didn’t know there were two of us and we messed with his fraternity brothers on a rare occassion when we dressed alike.

  2. Better a golf??? I’d have to say that.neither of us has a game we can brag about; our golf scores sound more like bowling scores.
    However, I insist on a rematch! But you first need to leave your fancy TaylorMades in the trunk. And no fair using the foot wedge when you get stuck behind a tree!

    • I’m a lousy bowler so I take that as a compliment.

      Remember, it’s not about the clubs. The real magic is with the guy swinging the sticks.

      May I suggest some golf lessons. instead?

  3. I’m still looking for the magic. Unfortunately, my golf swing is more Adam Sandler than Adam Scott and my short game more Larry Fine than Larry Mize.

    I think it’s genetic.

  4. Cool!
    It’s nice to finally see meet you, Wilco.
    And nice to meet your brother, too, of course. 😀

    • The truth is out: I don’t actually look like Brad Pitt. Well, maybe from a mile away. In the dark.
      Sorry I missed you at Oshkosh. It would be the perfect place for all occassional Lex readers to meet but maybe someday….

      • My brother is trying to convince me to make it back this year but my other half has been unemployed for the past 5 months so it’s not looking good. I’m hoping for 2012.

        As far as Lex goes, if only we could get him there too … for his book signing. Now that’s a trip I would make it for one way or another!

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