Today, I'm honoring my mom, Etta and her twin, Gretta - the Wyland Twins. They were born on this day in 1915 and defined the phrase "two peas in a pod"! It was rare to find one without the other. Very seldom throughout their lives were they far apart. As children, they were said to be identical. Therefore, as children, Mom was always on the left in pictures so they could be told apart. However, there were differences in personality. Gretta ("Aunt Sissy" to my sister and I) was more outgoing, adventuresome and had a very creative side. Mom was quieter, serious, and more studious. Mom always followed Aunt Sissy's lead. This pattern continued throughout their lives until they passed within three months to the day of each other in 1997 - Aunt Sissy going first.
There are too many good stories to share, so I will just hit on a few birthday celebrations. Beginning on their 70th birthdays, we started finding silly and unusual ways to surprise them. On their 70th, we held a surprise party complete with a tasteful (if possible) yet hilarious "boob" cake. because occasionally we would refer to them as the Boobsy Twins. I know - bad humor, but they weren't stuffy, sedate 70 year olds. They laughed themselves to tears. Sometimes we would sneak in and pack their suitcases and take them on a trip - usually to the beach. Another year, I hung a huge banner outside of their apartment complex asking everyone to wish them a happy 75th. And they did. When I was living in Eastern Oregon, I took them to Wallowa Lake which reminded them of our summer vacations to Grand Lake, Colorado. The day was perfect with blue skies, a sparkling lake and many deer sightings.
So on this day, I wanted to share them with you. They were loved by many and are missed, but they will always be alive in our hearts. M.