When our boys were born, there were not the choices of clothing for babies and toddlers that there are today. It was pretty much primary colors for boys and that was it. So . . . we often dressed the boys in red and blue – – red for Joseph because he had dark hair and blue for Jonny because it brought out the blue in his eyes. I’m not sure when it became consistent, but when the 2-year old neighbor next door started calling them “Red” and “Blue” instead of using their names, I realized how often I dressed them that way. It was easier to keep track of what belonged to which boy. Even though they weren’t identical, the people who didn’t see them very often began to count on recognizing them by the color they wore, too. Funny how these things happen without us even realizing.
Their first Easter, I spent naptimes and stayed up late every night for a week to finish knitting them Red & Blue sweaters. I didn’t have much that was predictable during those days, but Red & Blue was the one thing that was consistent, so I went with it. When you’re raising twins, anything that simplifies life is helpful! They wore Red & Blue windbreakers and winter coats (I loved Land’s End!) for years, and I could look out the window and see who was where in a split second without even seeing their faces. As they got older and started choosing their own clothes, they were highly amused when I would call them by the wrong name because they switched colors on me. I still call them by the wrong name once in a while, and it has nothing to do with the color they are wearing now – – ha ha!
Joseph’s favorite color is still red – – the first car he bought was red! Jonny (the artist in the family) has branched out a bit and really likes all colors, but blue still brings out the blue in his eyes. Their stockings are – – you guessed it – – Red & Blue! I guess they’re stuck with those for a while, but they don’t seem to mind.