Monday, May 30, 2011

CALL MY TWIN'S NAME ANY TIME!


BY JUDY HAUGHTON-JAMES


      Over the years so many persons including relatives could not tell the difference between Janine and me. As a matter of fact only my immediate family and close friends were able to tell the difference.  Although my twin sister died on October 16, 2008, at times I am still called Janine.  This does not create a problem for me at all.


       I can never forget what happened on the day of her funeral. As is the case after many funerals, relatives and friends get together. As one of my cousins was leaving our home she said 'Okay then Janine, take care." I did not get flustered. It brought a smile to my face.  The thought even crossed my mind "Hey Janine!  We still have them confused!" 


      I also recall the chirpy call I got a few days after her funeral when a cousin said 'Hello Janine! How are you today?" This happens from time to time when I am talking with relatives and friends on the phone. Some have even made the mistake of writing cards and emails where they addressed me as "Dear Janine."  Again, this is not a problem for me!


       When some persons say Janine they act as if it is the biggest error they could ever make. I gladly assure them that all is well.  It seems as if they feel they may upset you if they call your departed twin's name.


         If you are not one of twins do not be surprised when a twinless twin mentions the name of his/her departed twin often. There is usually a level of closeness that you will never understand. Avoiding them or changing the subject is not going to go unnoticed. It will only add to the pain of the twinless twin.


        However let me say something very important to twinless twins. If you find that there are persons who do not want you to call your twin's name do not subject yourself to any added pain.  There are a number of avenues out there to talk about your twin and experiences with persons who are also on this journey.


     I could not end this post without saying how much I like the idea that most of us in the Twin Loss Yahoo Group sign our posts not only with our names but our twins' names. In my case I sign Judy twin to Janine. So anyone who calls me Janine, no need to apologise. She lives on through me and it is an honour that I keep her memory alive in every sense of the word.
       

4 comments:

Anjy Roemelt said...

... and it does happen on the twinloss group, that twins are addressed by their twin's names. No surprise there, since the twin's name is mostly present at the bottom of the posting.

Anjy Roemelt said...

Judy, at times I'd like to shout my twin's name to the heavens and all the world. Only - he never really had a name, since there's no birth certificate. I whisper it then to myself, and some time ago I came upon a song I really love. It's "Farewell Angelina" by Bob Dylan and not only might it be directed at me (Angelina if an italian version of my name) it says in the last verse "Call me any name you like, I will never deny it". MUch in that song sounds like it was my twin talking to me, so I take these words to heart and call him many names - in my heart.

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Angela,
It is always good to hear from you. I am sorry that your twin did not get a birth certificate but I really admire how you make sure that you keep his memory alive. I have heard songs by Bob Dylan. I will try and listen to the one you mentioned. I like the message you get from it. Those of us who were born one of twins know that "Once a twin, always a twin." Take care.
Judy

Judy Haughton-James said...

Yes, I like what is done in the Twin Loss Yahoo Group. I also like the name that you call your twin. Enjy and Anjy sounds good!:)

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