Friday, 22 June 2018

Are you twins?



One of my favourite photos with my sister. It must be about 8 years old.



At long last, I passed my criminal history check and started work this week. There were three incidents that I would like to remember.

The first day, there were a few open dips in the fridge which I wanted to use so the morning tea platter focused on dips. Somebody asked where the cheese was. I replied that I wasn't doing cheese today. She said "I want cheese"
Ah, um, ok......

A woman I had already pegged as "interesting" opened her canned soup and microwaved it then sat down next to me and said "You know Manu? the chef? on TV?"  yes, I know Manu "this is his recipe"
haha what do you want me to think, lady? that he made it for you? that you went to his cooking class?

Standing with my sister who works in the building, someone came along and said "Ah, the Jurd sisters, eh? Are you twins?"
My sister in not-exactly-mock, horror gasped "You're the second person to ask if we're twins! She is FIVE YEARS OLDER!"

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  1. That is a BRILLIANT photo. I started to smile with you both as soon as I saw it.
    Wincing for your sister. The youngest of my brothers is eight years older than I am. Meeting one of his friends for the first time she asked how much older than him I was.

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    1. OUCH!

      I was once taken for the mother of a woman only three years younger than me, so it's swings and roundabouts :)

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  2. I had a friend, now dead, who was only 5 years older than I, and people always thought I was her daughter. She was deeply hurt! So, her favorite chef cans food just for her? Funny.

    I am glad to know I am not consorting with a criminal over the internet.

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    1. He's not even a good looking chef!

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    2. Guess what I just found in a pantry clean out? Manu Fieldel recipe soup! So he made some for me first

      bwahahahaaa

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  3. That's fun when you're the one who's five years older.

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    1. One of my rare wins in life, Red :)

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  4. Love the picture of you and your sister. Also love your "win". My beloved sister and I are only 18 months apart, plus our names rhyme. Once we hit adult hood people always assumed we were twins. Son3 declares we have 2 bodies that share the same brain. He might be right.

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    1. It was pretty weird for us to be taken for twins, we don't think we are at all alike!
      Two bodies, one brain sounds like a good relationship to have!

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  5. When I was about eleven or twelve the doorbell rang. On opening the door this youngster, never seen him before, asked me: "Is your brother in?" "Daddy! You have a visitor!".

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    1. Most of us can't look like the sibling of our children! Maybe you were an old looking 11 year old :)

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    2. My father was not only a young father; he was, and is, young looking. But, yes, you are right, till my late teens/early twenties I wasn't so much older "looking" as what people call, groan and roll eyes, "mature" for my age. Then, for a while I was "my" age, now people think me much younger than I am, younger than they themselves are. Make sense of that if you will.

      Anyway, my father and I having similar features, square jaw and big dark brown eyes, we were often mistaken for brother and sister (with a large age gap) when I was a teen. Not now, I hasten to add. Not that I have put it to the test recently since, shame over me, I haven't visited my parents for some time.

      Anyway, the photo of you and your sister is lovely. You are such a vibrant person.

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    3. I think a square jaw is a very good way to keep young looking.

      So lovely of you, saying I'm vibrant, that compliment will keep me going for some time!

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  6. That is a fantastic shot; no wonder you love it!

    After my dad's stroke I went to a lot of medical appointments with him. More than once, strangers referred to him as my husband. Oh, come on, people, really?? lol

    I'm thinking (and hoping) that your new job will be a fruitful source of blogposts for you!

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    1. I think people just don't think when they say things. Maybe we all need to make a mental note to refer to all strangers as "friends"

      I think work could be rich in material, the problem though, is that the best stories usually cast somebody in an unflattering light!

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  7. A lovely photograph. What on earth made her ask that most unlikely question. You don't look like even sisters leave alone twins!

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    1. Yes, people say some strange things. I think it's usually just an attempt to make conversation

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  8. I don't think you look remotely like twins. Where do people get these strange ideas? Nobody could ever mistake my sister and me for twins, we look totally different.

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    1. Well, we are both mothers of twin girls so maybe they think there is a good chance we are, too?
      That's another thing people are funny about, I tell people I have two sons and they often ask if they are twins

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    2. WHAT? Both you and your sister are mothers of twin girls? That's amazing! Bloody hell. How did that happen as coincidences go? Do twins run in your family's previous generations?

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    3. It's a crazy coincidence! My grandmother had two daughters and five blood grand daughters. In all eight women and something like 30 babies between us, the only twins are mine and my sisters

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  9. I can't say you look like twins either, it's not the age difference either, you just look different. People say weird stuff, just to say something. :D

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    1. a lot of people suffer from "say anything but don't say nothing"

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  10. That's a lovely picture. You seem to be wearing a top hat like Dr Seuss's "Cat in the Hat"! Did your criminal check uncover the many times when your speedometer has risen beyond the speed limit? Tut-tut!

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    1. Mr Pudding!
      Do you suggest that I am a law breaker?
      hahaha! I love to speed but I try not to do it these days.

      It was, indeed, a "Cat in the Hat" top hat. The photo was taken at a baby shower which might have been Dr Seuss themed, I don't remember

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  11. That's a gloriously happy picture!
    Sx

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    1. Yes, it is! we laugh at stupid stuff....

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  12. That is such a great photo - it made me smile from ear to ear! It's funny - when I'm out with my brother I always make sure the people we meet know I am 7 years younger!!

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    1. lol! of course you do!
      I'm the oldest so my sister calls me the old girl and my brother uses his creative abilities to say I'm old in every possible way :)

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