Mom was a twin. Dad was a twin. Mom's twin had twins. I found out today that I have a twin also....not the identical, born at the same time kind of twin, but the mother-daughter variety. More like a mini-me, except when your daughter is taller than you are, she's not exactly mini. There is a family resemblance, with similar hairstyles, heels equalling out our heights, and strikingly similar clothing styles. When being processed by an elderly mind, all things added equals...well, twins.
Katie and I visited Mom at the nursing home while she was home this weekend, and this is where we discovered we were "twins". In actuality, Katie was told she looked better as a blond. The blond was actually me. I can not even imagine how the resident's mind was working when she saw Kate and I together, how she processed two similar images, decided they were twins, then translated that information into mirror images to comment that Kate (me) looked better as a blond. Confusing.
The mind is truly an amazing thing. I have read that we only use about 20% of its capacity for learning, solving, and storing facts and information. The potential is there, the ability and neurons are there, yet we somehow are unable to make use of it. Building up the brain, working it out, generating new connections can stave off diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia in later years. Like muscles, the brain must be worked in order to strengthen it.
During Katie's visit this weekend, we also found some time to play a few games of Scrabble. It was fun, but not as intriguing as I thought it would be. I don't recall ever playing it as a child, but perhaps I did and it is my brain's inability to bring up that information. Personally, I prefer the word game of creating smaller words from the letters that make up a larger one. For example, the word achievement can be scrambled to form words like hive, chive, and meant. It's a great game to play mentally, no equipment, gameboard, or pencil and paper required.
Twins often skip a generation, so the probability of Katie having twins is conceivably far greater than mine had been. I look forward to having granchildren, and especially the idea of a two for one deal. I will cherish whatever we are blessed with, and pray that good health and more mental gymnastics will keep the degenerative diseases of the brain at bay, both for myself and future generations.
A warm country hug to all,