Friday, October 18, 2013

My Age is Established

      Yesterday I posted a bit of a riddle on my age related to my brother's age.

      Yes, we were born less than a year apart. It was always interesting when we were little kids and someone would ask our age. When we both said the same number people would automatically ask us if we were twins. We hardly knew what twins were but we knew we weren't twins.

     The situation of our births being less than a year apart brings up one of those questions I wish I'd asked my Mom before she died. I wish I'd asked her if my brother's birth was a little early or maybe even a lot early. But I didn't ask so I'll never know. I believe that there are many people with births less than a year apart because the younger one was premature.

    I've had fun with this situation all my life so I thought I would share it with you.

    I was surprised that such a simple post attracted do much interest. Several  readers got it bang on.   Check these blogs too. I given links to these blogs. Several more were in the ballpark and some were mystified by the situation.

    I had fun with this post and was surprised how much I learned. For example,  the term Irish twins refers to siblings who are born less than a year apart.


We were in gr. 2 and 3 in this school picture. So second row from the back...we are second and third from the right, I'm the dude with the bib overalls behind the teacher to the right. My brother is standing beside me on my left.

    At this age I was much bigger than my brother. It didn't stay that way. In my prime I hist  5' 10" In my brother's prime he was 6' 1" or 2".

    My bother was a farmer all his life so was outdoors and doing heavy work. I was a teacher and was inside so we have some differences in physique. 

36 comments:

  1. Ha! Riddle solved. Great post, and I love the photo.

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    1. It's hard to think that that was so long ago. It seems like yesterday. Cliche! I know.

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  2. My brother and I are almost as close. He was born the month following my one year birthday. The reason - poor planning in our case. :)

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    1. He's probably your closest sibling in family relationships.

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  3. Yes your parents were quick to get a sibling for you! I see you have a lot of female followers as you mentioned the blogs to take notice of.:)

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    1. You bring up an interesting topic about female followers. I could say it's because I'm so handsome!!! Females blog more than males and I think have better blogs.

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  4. Around here we'd call you and your brother Irish twins (as you mentioned). It sounds as though you've had fun with that over the years. The photo is fun - I do love those bib overalls! :-)

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    1. I think our parents had a lot of fun with this one too.

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  5. A fun part of life to continue to enjoy. My siblings remain kids in memory.

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    1. Isn't that the truth. I look back at the school picture and it seems like yesterday.

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  6. Irish twins! I guess my brother and I were the same being only 11 months apart. I've heard of that term but never really knew what it meant. You learn all kinds of interesting things in the blogging world.

    I love that school photo! What a fantastic image.

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    1. I think that being so close in age we have a different relationship than other siblings.

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  7. i like the term 'irish twins'. :)

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    1. It sounds pretty neat and I'm going to Google it to see where it comes from.

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  8. I also like the term "Irish twins." I wonder where that came about! :-)

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    1. Well, you've got me heading off to Google with that question.

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  9. Thanks for the explanation. I've never heard the term "Irish twins."

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  10. Mystery answered. I was never very good at math so it had me stumped....:)

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    1. Well, it was a trick question so that doesn't count.

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  11. I have grands that are Irish Twins they were born 11 months and 21 days apart. Their Mom was real busy as I am certain yours was too. Happy Birthday to your brother! I enjoyed the old photo! :)

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    1. Thanks. You like old photos period. You do a lot of neat things with old photos.

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  12. I just love that old class photo!

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  13. I never heard the term "Irish Twins", so that makes my brother and I "Irish Twins" - never thought much about it before, but its kinda neat. Thanks for the new term Sir Red, that I can share with my very French brother :)

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    1. Not a drop of Irish in us either!

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  14. I like your class photo. Seeing the boys in overalls Is something you won't see now of days. My grade one teacher wore a ladies suit just like your teacher.

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    1. I like looking at older photos just because of the styles you see! Bib overalls? Style? what a stretch!

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  15. Very nice photo.
    My friend Anna has a twin brother. She says that you would be surprised the number of people who ask, when she says she has a twin brother, whether they are identical twins!

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    1. Thanks and thanks for visiting my blog. Comments like that are unbelievable but they do happen.

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  16. I love reading about one's siblings. I am adopted, yet they told me I looked like my balding father!
    I met my birth mother and it didn't go well. sigh.
    I STILL have many questions for both my birth mom and adoptive mom. In the long run, I guess it doesn't matter!

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    1. Both my children are adopted and many people "see" our features in them.
      I've been a follower long enough to have read your post on meeting your birth mother. My daughter has met her birth mother and the have a great friendship.

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  17. I enjoyed seeing the school photo of you and your brother.
    Nice small classes , and that was a combination of two grades .

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  18. I'd never heard the term Irish twins. Fun stuff!

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