Ever listen to a recording of your voice? Didn’t it sound odd to you? The reason is because you hear your own voice both internally and externally but can only hear the recording externally.
You know what I hear when I listen to a recording of my voice?
I hear my twin.
I have, in fact, listened to a recording of us having a conversation. I couldn’t tell you who spoke when, even though it was right after we chatted. My brother-in-law heard a similar recording and asked my sister why she’d been talking to herself. (I suspect he was teasing her.)
Now find some old family and school pictures. Can you pick yourself out in all of them?
I have pictures I know I’m in but I could never tell you which one is me. I have others of just one girl where I’m not at all sure if it’s me or not. Then there are others where I can tell you if I’m in the picture and which one I am, but that’s because I remember the day or the shot or the clothes, or some combination thereof.
I’m sure there are people in this world who don’t fuss with checking their appearance very often, but how many do you know who would just as soon not even glance in the mirror?
Most bathroom sinks have one prominently above the sink and I rarely even glance, pretty much for the same reason I don’t like listening to recording of my voice. I see my twin.
Okay, I know her grey is all in one streak down the back of her hair while mine is most visible when it’s pulled up in a ponytail because it’s scattered mostly in the bottom layer. I know our hair is distinct lengths. I also think our glasses are different. I also know she doesn’t have the same freckles I do and I don’t have the scar she does.
We still have the same forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, well, everything.
I see and hear her which is disconcerting.
So I avoid mirrors and listening to recording of me.
So next time you want to ask a twin the age old question: What’s it like to be a twin? Think about this first.
How would you feel if every time you looked in a mirror or heard a recording of you, you didn’t hear or see you, but that person who looks and sounds like you?
How would you feel if a total stranger could recognize you?
Oh, you don’t think it could happen?
Once I went to the mall in Tacoma, Washington with Mom. While there I spotted an older lady pushing her double in a wheelchair.
As the shy one, I looked, and commented to Mom, but didn’t approach them.
The lady pushing came up to us and asked if I was me, by name!
Turns out she knew my sister and figured I had to be her twin since my sister was in Idaho. I do have other similar stories.
Think about it.