Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Name Game

Lately, I've found myself playing the name game.  No, not "banana nana fo fanna..."  I'm talking about the name game that all parents play at some point in their life.  You know the one I'm talking about, don't you?  Not sure yet?  Okay, let me give you a couple of examples.

Mom:  "Hey O, can you pick up that book on the floor?"
Son 2:  "Ummmm..."
Mom:  Oh, I'm sorry M, I thought you were your brother."

How about....

Mom:  "I told you to stop making all that noise M!  Please stop now!" 
Son 1:  "Mom it's not M, it's me O!" 

Oops there I go again! 

I love it best when they walk up behind me and I incorrectly assume which of my boys there.  The response is either a giggle or a roll of the eyes accompanied by, "Moooommm!"  At this point, they still find the mix up amusing.

As they get older, the 2 year difference in their ages seems less noticeable.  Some people even occasionally mistake them for twins.  My older son only has a few inches on his younger brother.  They enjoy many of the same activities and toys, and dress in similar clothes.  Even their voices sound alike.  It's easy to hear one of them call for me and not be sure who is doing the calling.  Needless to say, it's easy to get confused.

When it comes down to it, my boys are very different.  However, there is no possible way to look at them and question that they are indeed brothers.  I enjoy observing all of the ways that they are alike and the ways that they are not.  Even if I mix up their names once in a while.

Do you play the name game?  How do your kids react? 


  1. Just think of when they start purposely trying to trick you, then it really gets interesting. My husband is a twin and has lots of stories to tell. :O)

  2. I would not put it past them now! lol The humor they get from my husband's side of the family shows through often. :) I bet your husband and his twin do have some good stories. When I was a kid, I loved stories that involved twins switching places.

  3. Tobby has come up with a centralized name "Preskaylan" to refer to all three...that way he can't get it wrong. LOL

  4. I love the way Tobby thinks on that one! LOL

  5. Oh for sure! All of my kiddo's names start with the letter J! Talk about getting names mixed up! It gets crazy, especially when I'm sleep deprived!

  6. Jody- That's how my Mom was. She was going through 4 M's, before you add in the pets, all the time!