Who looks like the Bobbsey Twins?

A very long time ago when I was a small child, I remember that I read some children’s books about the Bobbsey Twins.  And also when I was a small child (birth until 9 years old), I lived across the street from identical twin girls, Kay and Gay, who were enough older than me that we never really played together.  But they always fascinated me from afar because at that time they were the only identical twins I had ever seen — and they looked exactly alike.

Soooo, sometime in my adult life I think in my mind I must have combined a picture of the twins across the street with the name of the twins that I read about.  Consequently, for many years, if any of my girlfriends would by coincidence be dressed similarly, I would say, “You look like the Bobbsey Twins!”  If any of them actually remembered those childhood characters they may have wondered what I meant.  But no one ever said anything, so I guess while the name “the Bobbsey Twins” was kind of memorable, the stories themselves weren’t.

I should mention here that now I have an excuse for a bad memory … my age.  But I have always had a bad memory.  So, while I try very hard to be accurate when I recall something from long ago, it just doesn’t always work out.  And, apparently, this is one of those cases.

Hubby and I were just talking the other day about how any time we are talking to Gunny about something that none of us can remember a detail, like an important football game several years ago and whether it was played in the snow, Gunny will immediately look it up on his ever-handy computer and supply the correct information.  So, I am now doing a little of that myself — it’s so easy!  But, sometimes the results can be a little surprising, compared to what I remember.

Yesterday when Hubby was working a crossword puzzle, he asked me the names of the Bobbsey Twins.  I was on my computer, so I immediately Googled “Bobbsey Twins” to tell him the names because I couldn’t even begin to remember.  Gosh, it had been so long ago.  I couldn’t even remember what the stories were about, much less the names of the characters.

But imagine my surprise when the information came up for the Bobbsey Twins.  Their names were Nan and … Bert! They were a girl and a boy!

So to all of my friends over the years to whom I have said, “You look like the Bobbsey Twins.”, I apologize.  I really didn’t mean that one of you looked like a boy!

Sometimes you (I) might be better off not knowing.  Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.  “You look like Kay and Gay.” just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it.  Sigh.

15 Responses to Who looks like the Bobbsey Twins?

  1. Mary Bowlin says:

    Sandy, that is so funny…you know as I remember the Bobbsey Twins, I always think of them as two girls!!! and have said the same things to friends!!!

  2. Linda says:

    I think I’ve heard the phrase more in connection with buddies who do everything together, not necessarily because they looked alike. I don’t remember ever reading any of the Bobbsey Twin books, though. Probably didn’t have any horses in them. 🙂

  3. Sandra says:

    Mary — I guess we should stop doing that now! 🙂

    Linda — I don’t remember any horses, so you probably DIDN’T read them. 🙂

  4. Hilary says:

    My sister and I loved the Bobbsey Twisn and I can distinctly remember the covers of two of the books – one with a a farm setting and one where they’re playing in the snow.

    There were actually two sets of twins in the family. I did forget the names Nan and Bert, but as soon as you mentioned them I smiled with recognition. The names I did remember though, were those of the younger set of Bobbsey twins Freddie and Flossie. Being a younger sibling myself, those two were my favourites.

    Fond memories triggered here, Sandra. Thanks for that. 🙂

  5. Katharine says:

    Aha! I thought I recalled two sets of twins in that family. Thanks, Hilary, for confirming this! And I sort of remembered that at least one set was girl/boy, and blonde/brunette, but I most definitely have no recollection of the story lines. When my kids were young, we read a few of the Boxcar Children books. I think those siblings have melded in my mind with Nan/Bert/Freddie/Flossie. Sigh. Memory? What memory? :-]

  6. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Of course you can remember it all much more clearly, because you’re alot younger than me! 🙂 I had totally forgotten that there was a second set of twins. But the covers that you describe sound sort of familiar, so maybe I just looked at the covers and THOUGHT I read the books!

    Katharine — It’s funny that you mention the Boxcar children because I tried to tell Hubby this morning that I thought maybe the Bobbsey’s WERE the boxcar children. But he was adamant that he read the boxcar stories and they DID NOT include the Bobbsey twins.

    Well there’s at least one nice thing about my bad memory — when I end up in “the home” I’ll be able to hide my own Easter eggs! 🙂

  7. Grayquill says:

    That was a great ending – I almost split a goard thinking about what your friends might have thought. That was a good one. Only if all our, I mean your, mistakes could be so funny.

  8. C. Beth says:

    Ha ha–that is funny! I didn’t remember they were a girl & boy either until you wrote about it here.

  9. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Grayquill. My wish for at-least-funny mistakes is the same! 🙂

    Frankly, Beth, I’m surprised you even know who they are. I guess I assumed these books had passed into obscurity and weren’t read by your generation. 🙂

  10. tz says:

    oh I think your friends were probably questioning their own memories about the twins 😀 and if you say it with enough confidence no one’ll question you.

    I’m finding that I’m forgetting words all the time and I’m doing that time gap in my speech as I ‘hunt’ for the word, that thing that drives me crazy about my mom…ugh, getting older is sometimes no bueno…

  11. Sandra says:

    tz — it’s so nice to hear from you! I thought you had faded off into the nursing world and facebook and kind of left the blogging world. It’s nice to hear you’re still around. 🙂

    I remember one of the big ah ha moments for me too was when I started having to hunt for the word I wanted to say. Getting old isn’t for sissies. 🙂

  12. Debbie says:

    Sandra, thank you for your sweet comment about the newly married couple who are still in Hawaii and still having a great time. Well, who wouldn’t! Anywho…I spend a lot of time wandering around old shops and antique stores, and one of my collections runs to books. I love the old “Bobbsey Twin” readers. My daughter has a collection of older books she has been keeping for the kids she hopes to have, and I know she has some of these. They are just so wholesome and sweet; something kids don’t get much of nowadays. I like to collect some of the old classics for my grandkids to read. My younger daughter collects old copies of “Dickens” stories. We’ve just always loved books.

  13. Sandra says:

    Well, Debbie, you sound like you are much more knowledgeable about these old books than me. So I bet you would have never made the mistake I did! 🙂

  14. I just stopped by to say thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a thoughtful comment on my Frame of Mind story. Yours is the kind of comment I love getting – the one where I know the reader actually took the time to read the entire story, and actually GOT IT.

    I must admit, I was wondering half way through your story if you had forgotten that half of the Bobbsey twins were boys! Don’t tell anybody, but…shhhhh…I still have some of my Bobbsey twins books – including The Bobbsey Twins Own Little Ferryboat, which was my very first “big girl” book! And when I was very young, I got Freddie and Flossie confused with Cubby and Karen from the Mouseketeers. (Anybody remember the Mouseketeers?!)

  15. Sandra says:

    Ethel Mae — If there is one thing I’ve learned from arriving at 64 it is that just because you “remember” something that doesn’t mean you remember it RIGHT! Very humbling, but also it makes me so much more forgiving of other’s memory errors. I’m thinking maybe that’s God’s way of teaching me humble, and it’s working. 🙂

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