The Denning Twins

16 May


And now for a post you will most likely only enjoy if your name is Laurie Denning.

A few years ago, a friend I had known for quite some time, a friend who had rapped Will Smith with me and been to MY FAMILY HOME, casually mentioned my twin.

“My twin?”

“Your twin brother, Jeff.”

“Oh! THAT twin…Wait!  I’m not a twin!”

My older brother Jeff and I are 22 months apart, and the twin thing has haunted us since…forever.  Even, apparently, to the point where close acquaintances are confused.

Memorably, when we were teenagers, someone cracked, “Put a wig on Jeff and it’s Jill.”

I still don’t know how to take this.

Was 2003 a really bad year for me?

This week as I was looking through some family photo albums for Mother’s Day I came across The Denning Twins, The Early Years.  These pictures helped me realize how maybe, sort of, possibly under the right circumstances people might have once thought Jeff and I were, you know…related. (Did I use enough qualifiers in that sentence?  I did my best.)

There are a few obvious reasons for this.

1. Our mother had a penchant for dressing us in homemade outfits like this:


2. And this:


3. We wore matching hats:


4. And had matching poses:


5. We were always holding hands:


6. We had the same haircut:


7. And never went anywhere without the other:


7. We liked to show off our huge smiles:


8. And then mainly, most of all, THIS:


You’d better believe those Raggedy Ann and Andy costumes will be recreated as soon as I have my own children.  Thank you for that, mother.

And a happy very late Mother’s Day to the best of the best.

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4 Responses to “The Denning Twins”

  1. Jeff May 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I liked all of then except Raggedy Andy

    • j5denning May 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

      You were a very cute Raggedy Andy!!!

  2. Jeff May 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Also 4 should be titled “hammertime”

  3. Linnea May 17, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    This post is all kinds of awesome.

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