Once upon a time there was these two special boys… They looked so much alike that it was difficult to tell them apart. The fact that they were identical twins could have something to do with it. So, their mother set out to accomplish a task that would help them and others to discover some key differences between the two of them – starting with “their names”.
Here is the story…
One Tuesday evening just before David’s 14th birthday, his mother told him to get ready to go. Once they left, he was informed of the night she had in store for him, she called it his Identity day. She asked him where he would want to go for a haircut and he chose Sports clips, he wanted the MVP treatment. Once he decided to cut off 3″ of his hair, they left for the mall where he would pick out the outfit of his choice… His store: American Eagle, for a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. From there, he was whisked away to the shoe carnival to pick out a pair of shoes. He went with a stylish pair of Nike tennis shoes.
They finished the night off at the restaurant of his choice – The Olive Garden, his meal – Pasta Alfredo. While they sat there, he was given gifts from different family members, including a sweat shirt from his new high school with his name on the back… My favorite gift was the journal designed for him by his step father. It has his name, the meaning and a verse to reflect both.
David Wayne: Friend / Wagon Maker (I love the meaning of his middle name)
Proverbs 18:24 “There are friends who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother”
David then went to stay the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s so that his twin brother would not know the plans awaiting him or be swayed into choosing the same things.
Andrew Jon: Strong / Brave
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The next morning, Andrew began his journey. He was offered the same opportunities and here are the choices he made…
He chose the Salon 297 for his 1″ haircut. He then decided that Old Navy was where he would want to get a new outfit from. He chose a pair of khaki pants and a dressier shirt. He also went to the shoe carnival for a pair of shoes but his decision was for a pair of Sperry’s. We ended our time at the restaurant of his choice…. The Olive Garden. The same spot in the parking lot was available for us and wouldn’t you know it, he ordered Pasta Alfredo.
It was fun to listen to them share with each other the choices they had made. For the first time, they were different from one another. I loved the whole experience and I pray that each day they understand more and more how uniquely they have been made. They both start high school in a week.