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."
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?