I figured that I would tell you folks a little about my twin, Jeremy. He, after all, inspired the name of this blog. There are many stories that I could tell, but I’ll just share one today. First, a little background information…
Twenty-nine years ago, I shared a tiny room with the young fetus that I now call my brother. For nine long months, our budding elbows and knees fought turf wars in the womb of our dear mother. On a glorious night in October of 1980, I bid my womb-mate farewell and entered this world, leaving him to his own devices. One hour and twelve minutes later, he followed, stealing the spotlight for the first of many times. It seemed that his arrival was much anticipated, even the doctors cheered as he emerged from hiding. A side note: I have always been a practical type and cannot quite understand why our lovely mother bears no ill feelings towards him for procrastinating so, while she lay miserable, on a hospital gurney. He can be quite charming, I guess.
Throughout our younger years, Jeremy and I were practically inseparable. We didn’t even call each other by name. We simply called each other Brother. Cute, huh? He was, I admit, a little bit smarter than I, though I was no dummy. I just seemed easily suckered into his penchant for mischief and tomfoolery. Jeremy has a devilish twinkle in his eye that, to this day, could lead me straight into the oncoming traffic of trouble. Now, don’t get me wrong. Jeremy is not evil; not even close. He just inspires that little red dude on your left shoulder to prod you with his minuscule pitchfork into doing things that you know could end poorly. Here’s an example:
When I was about six, my brother and I saw a show on television that was all about the space program. It had astronauts, moonwalks, space shuttles; things that would excite any kid. I remember wanting to be an astronaut so badly that I could taste the moon rocks. I would sit in my room at night and pretend that my bed was a space pod. I spent hours zipping past alien planets, rescuing little ladies from moon bandits, and doing all kinds of cools space stuff. My brother had gotten pretty keen on my infatuation and he decided to twist it to fancy his amusement. He convinced me that the dryer, which I didn’t even know existed in our cramped family laundry room, was a tiny space shuttle, one of the Kenmore fame.
“Just look at the air tight space hatch on this baby.” My brother was smart. He pulled the square door open. “There is no telling where you could go in something like this.” He was one heck of a salesman.
“You know what Jeremy, ” I said. A dim little light bulb flickered over my cow licked head. “I’m gonna take this thing for a spin.” How true that statement ended up to be!
I donned my space helmet, a vegetable strainer, and tumbled into the dryer. Before my brother sealed the air lock, I reminded him to give me a proper countdown. “That,” I added, “is very important.”
“Ten, nine, eight, seven…” Jeremy counted very well for a six year old. “six, five, four, three, two, one, BLASTOFF!”
Nothing. I heard him fumbling with the controls on top of my shuttle. Finally, something began to happen. I could feel gravity shifting all around me. This is amazing, I thought. Very quickly, it began to get hot inside of my exploration vehicle, probably from breaking the sound barrier. I remember getting very dizzy. Moments later, limp as a sock, my mother was pulling me from the dryer. I remember getting a spanking as my brother explained that he tried his darnedest to stop me. He also mentioned that he feared that I was ‘slow’ and should be held back a year in grade-school.
Thanks for that one Jeremy. I still get nervous around laundromats.