Before I start the “Tale of Two Cindy’s” I want to say thanks to everyone for the sweet comments on my previous post regarding Nina’s bathroom issues. I don’t think she is embarrassed by the episodes. It’s more like…”I tried to go outside, but I wasn’t feeling it at the time and then all of a sudden…there it was!” She does have a new nickname though…Miss Poopasaurus! Charlie and I just laugh, scoop and sanitize.
Now on to my story. I’m sure many of you have encountered someone with the same first name as yours and you feel a connection to them, but have you ever met someone who has the same first and last name? As you may have guessed I have and it was causing some confusion the past couple of months. I have to give you some background, but stick with me as this is a funny story.
When I first joined the Genesee Valley Quilt Club my mother informed me that there was another Cindy W. that was a member. She knew this because she was the former membership chair person. Eventually Cindy and I ran into each other at one of the meetings and of course became friends. At first it wasn’t much of a problem having the same name since I wasn’t very involved in the club. We were members together for about a year and a half, but last year (Sept. 2011 – June 2012) the Other Cindy didn’t renew her membership so as I became more active in the club last year all was well. I want to mention that we Cindy’s didn’t have any problem…it was the rest of the membership that were confused.
This past June the Other Cindy renewed her membership and I couldn’t have been happier. The GVQC has a Yahoo group where members can post messages and everyone can read them. The Other Cindy posted a message that a quilt she made for the 2012 Hoffman Challenge was selected to be part of the travelling exhibit as well as one a friend of hers made. Lots of congratulations were posted to the group and a few of them also came my way both in person and by email. After a few posts someone on the Yahoo group asked about the two Cindy W’s and how to tell them apart. We both contributed a few suggestions online, but I could tell there was still much confusion.
A few weeks ago I emailed the Other Cindy and asked her if she was planning on attending the first GVQC meeting and would she be willing to get up on stage during the show and tell portion of our meeting with me? We hoped we could show everyone who we were and what was different about us. The Other Cindy also said it was too bad we couldn’t dress the same and I suggested that I could machine embroider a couple of t-shirts so that we could. I realized that with last Monday being Labor day I wouldn’t have enough time to mail the shirt to her so I decided to deliver it in person.
The Other Cindy lives about an hour south of me, but she also owns her own quilt fabric store, Journey Quilt Company so it is always fun to have an excuse for a visit. I asked my mom to join me and we had a fun time visiting and shopping.
On the day of the meeting only a couple of people knew our plan and even though we were dressed alike and sitting at adjacent tables no one seemed to notice. All of the members pick up name tags to wear during the meeting and both of us were wearing them. During the business meeting the club president mentioned each of us for different reasons and when one of us was mentioned a second time someone from the club shouted out, “If both of the Cindy’s are here can they come up on stage?” The club president looked straight at us and said, “Well, how about it?”
We both stood up and made our way to the outside aisle where we joined hands and walked to the stage.
The group started clapping to encourage us to the stage and as we made our way to the front more people were noticing that we had dressed as twins and began to laugh. You can’t see it in the picture, but we both had the same style washed jeans on too. By the time we made it up on stage everyone was laughing hysterically! Here is an approximation of what happened next:
Me: “Hi My name is Cindy W.”
Other Cindy: “My name is Cindy W.”
Me: “I was born in Buffalo, NY.”
OC: “I was born in Buffalo, NY.”
A bit of laughter from the crowd as so far we appear to be very much alike.
Me: “My mother is former Membership Chair and Honorary member Claire W.”
OC: “I like to call her ‘Mom’ for fun.”
OC: “I own Journey Quilt Company in Nunda, NY.”
Me: “I wish I did!”
Someone shouts from audience, “How can we tell you apart?”
Me: “I’m 5′ 2″ tall.”
OC: “I’m 5′ 9″ tall.”
Of course this brought roars of laughter as it was an extremely obvious point.
Another shout from the audience, “What are your maiden names?”
Me: “I don’t have one because I didn’t take my husband’s name when we got married.”
OC: “I became a Welch 38 years ago when I married my husband.”
Me: “I have been a Welch all my life which is a lot longer than 38 years, but I’m not telling how many.”
OC: “I usually put “Dalton” after my name when I post on the Yahoo group.”
Me: ” ‘Dalton’ is the town she lives in…I don’t live there.”
I also added that I am the one that writes the Patchword Spotlight articles for our newsletter and I’m the one working on the Raffle quilt with my mom. We thanked the group and offered that we hope this little show helped.
The crowd went wild and we received a huge round of applause as we exited the stage.
As we made our way back to our seats everyone was laughing and complimenting us on our show. I just hope it will help.