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There Was Parkour, Too

He was dressed like a punk rocker. We all watched his brisk-stepped approach and our jaws dropped, one by one. The organizer looked alarmed.

“It’s nice that he’s allowed to be himself,” said hubby.

The young man was wearing an oversized black leather jacket with the words “I mock because you shock” written on the back. The leather jacket was paired with ripped black jeans and there were several metal chains hanging from his pockets.

A punk rocker with a cockatoo’s haircut was certainly not what we had been expecting as the instructor of a 4-6-year-olds’ parkour event.

The babes watched him acceptingly, except for one who ran behind a grey object they would later be jumping on, and hid.

The instructor was holding what looked like a beer can but it was probably a water container. Prejudice was playing mind tricks on us viewers, but they soon evaporated when he started his class. It turned out, he was great with kids! And when he jumped, all those pocket chains never made a sound.

The class started with him asking the kids and parents to sit in a circle. I had already assigned myself spectator status, so it was hubby who would try the parkour class, and I think he was secretly loving it. Sitting in a circle, everyone was to say their name and whether they’d tried parkour before.

The dad before our family said his name was Nick, and he’d never tried parkour but he’d watched several videos. Then came the kid, and he introduced himself as Charlie. What was remarkable about this was that these happened to be the exact names of the dad and one kid in our family! What were the odds?

(This feels like a good moment to add that all names have been altered in this story to protect our internet privacy. The names are fake, but the story is true!)

So onward then: it was our family’s boys’ turn. Hubby said, “I’m Nick, too” and then it was our Charlie’s turn. I was sitting too far away to hear, but hubby later told me that to his utter astonishment, Charlie had decided to give his twin brother’s name, instead of his own. Hubby’d had to double check to make sure which boy was speaking.

Why did Charlie say he was his brother?!

We have no idea. Maybe he thought he couldn’t possibly be Charlie, since there was already a Charlie in the group? Charlie isn’t a very common name over here, so the poor boy was probably just stunned. Later on, he claimed to have forgotten his own name, but I don’t quite buy that. Maybe we should have given him a more common name, so he would hear it more often.

“I’m Geoff,” said Charlie.

The punk rock instructor turned his gaze to our second kid, who in turn was puzzled. What should he say now?! Hubby described the situation as extremely awkward, and from my seat I could see Geoff squiggling and hiding under his cap.

After a very long pause, at least ten seconds, Geoff whispered, “I’m Charlie.” The introductions continued and the event moved on. Hubby assured me that he had been prepared to step in had they both introduced themselved as Geoff. Can a family even have two Geoffs? Would it be very weird if, on top of having the same first name, they looked quite similar, too?

The whole thing made me admire the real Geoff’s quick thinking. He made an on-the-spot decision and he’s only five! It also made me wonder how easy it would be for them to cover for each other later on in life. Without having had a chat or any kind of briefing, one brother was willing to fake his own identity for the sake of the other!

You always hear urban legends of identical twins swapping classes or dates just for the heck of it. But what I really wonder is whether there are any grown-up twins who have swapped jobs for a day? Would anyone notice? If you know any who have, please let me know how it went.

40 replies on “There Was Parkour, Too”

Oh Waw! So funny. I have twins too. Not identical but similar- Some people struggle to know which is which.. I wonder if they swap names times at School!? My twins get on pretty well. The other week one of them was upset because a child in class told her that ‘they weren’t normal for twins.’! I think the child was jealous of their bond and being a bit of a bully in the context. When I Saw the kid the next day I asked them ‘What is ‘normal’ for twins?’ And their face dropped.. The delights and challenges of being a twin!

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Our twins are girls, 7yrs old. There are twin biys in their class at School (it’s a small School with only one class each year so they can’t be split in different classes.)

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Good question. Sometimes other kids mix them up, and they don’t bother to correct them. And sometimes at home they play a game where they’ve swapped their names… But they actually look very different, if you pay any attention at all it’s easy to tell them apart, so I’d hope daycare workers would be able to tell…

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Saw a Christmas movie on Hallmark channel. Twin women swapped their day. One was married and the other an executive. It was funny but the kids found out it was their Aunt and not their Mom. 😄

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I have heard of this with identical twins many times and believe most of the accounts. It is something they might do to experiment with their unique status as identical. To play an innocent trick.
The second twin to speak clearly had to mull it over before complying with the deception. Is the first twin the dominant one? If you have a dominant one?
What intrigued me more was parlour for 5 year olds! My goodness. My 5 year old were content with a trampoline in the back yard. Parlour came long for one boy when he reached the teen years.

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We don’t really have a dominant twin, but the first one perhaps is a bit more particular and the second one more easygoing. Just slightly, they’re very even! As for the parkour, I was wondering if it’d be a bad influence, but actually they just played ”floor is lava” and jumped and climbed monkey bars. I don’t think I’ll let my kids do real parkour later on, if I can influence it, because it seems so dangerous!

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I love the image this leaves me with, but I’m dying to know how the parkour class went. I’m trying to picture the punk rock instructor coaxing your kids to run up walls and leap from one building to the next!

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Yeah, I was imagining him sneaking around tall buildings like a cartoon character! The class was pretty simple though, luckily nothing too extreme. They played ”the floor
is lava” and did animal walks and learned how to climb with parkour technique (the sole of the foot first, not the knee)…

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Sounds like a fun class, and I’m sure there will be a few twin shenanigans over the years! The part I focused on was the instructor. We took our kids on a volunteer work trip once, and two of the other participants had half-shaved heads, multiple piercings, goth-like clothing, etc. Our kids looked at them a little fearfully, and we adults had our guards up also. It was a fantastic lesson for all of us to never judge books by their covers as these two kids ended up being the kindest, sweetest, most trustworthy people in the group. We are still friends to this day!

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So true! I felt very old-fashioned with my first reaction and even wondered whether I dare write about it here, with the generalized woke movement and all 😁 I guess we were really just expecting someone in sporty clothing, not looking like they stepped out of a bar five minutes earlier! Even hubby, who apparently had a brief goth and punk rock phase himself as a teenager (before I knew him), was a bit sceptical. It might also be an age thing!

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What beautiful trees dressed up for spring! The story with the kids was great too. The floor is lava is probably a great first step in parkour. I’ve watched some of the kid Ninja Warrior shows and you’d be amazed at how great those 7 and 8 year olds are. It takes a lot of practice but as a community, is so much more supportive than many of the traditional sports. I will be curious to see if your kids remain interested in it.

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Oh, I loved Ninja Warrior at some point, never saw the kids’ version, though. There are circus classes available for small kids, too, but I don’t know if both circus and parkour offer a little too much danger for my liking. My kids are already doing flips in swimming class and I don’t want them to break their necks if they try it in a park!

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In this class, they did do it together. It was very sweet, hubby was working hard at moving high as a giraffe and low as a crab! 😅 It was just a one-class experiement, though, I’d rather my kids do traditional sports which are (slightly) safer (possibly?) Mums always worry, eh?!

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My daughter had friends who were identical twins and they were always changing identities and causing all kinds of mischief. But one of them would have been a handful all by herself! I was their girl scout leader!

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Twins, as kids, can often get a bit wild (I know plenty of them) because they have their very own partner in crime – things escalate quickly! But it’s still odd to think no one would notice their change of identity! No one is really that identical, if you know them well enough

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Haha! Thank you for quite a few laughs as I was reading this. A quick thinking of the second one and a strange-but-not-really thinking of the first one. He just couldn’t tell his real name or the other boy and dad would think that he was mocking them! 😀 That he was playing the repeat-after-me game! I don’t know how similar they are. Could they swap for each other? I’ve heard that at the Sarajevo Olympic Games in 2014, American skiers, identical twins Steve and Phil Mahre, swapped before the second run, since in the first tun the better skier was eliminated, and in the second he took the place of his not as able brother… And won a medal, I believe! Who’d know the truth…

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Hey, that’s a good point! Maybe he was thinking that it would just sound too silly to be true, if he repeated the same names ☺️ It’s weird, by the way, that the other family didn’t seem to react to the name doppelganger situation. Or.. how would I know – maybe the dad wrote a blog post about it later, too? 😉
That skier story is pretty bold. Surely the coach knew, if no one else!?

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This was such an interesting read!

First, I was glad to hear that the instructor turned out to be great with kids and not what his appearance might have suggested. I can appreciate people who break stereotypes.

Parkour seems somewhat dangerous, so I was surprised to read that it was something you decided your kids to try, but I see from the comments that it’s not something you plan to continue. What do I know? I’ve never even tried it, lol

Charlie forgot his name? It seems like a weak excuse. I, too, think that he was just confused because of the kid and dad before you guys. I wonder if maybe he didn’t realize that people can have the same names and he figured that everyone was making stuff up. Or introducing the person after them 😛

If I was Geoff, I would probably say I was Geoff. It would make for a hilarious situation for the two twins to have the same names. Then, your husband would have to explain how you could not tell the kids apart, so you decided to just give up and name them the same so as not to make mistakes.

For the longest time, I wished for a twin that I could swap places with at school. I remember watching some movies in which teenagers/adults would swap and I thought it was terrible because the twin got to make out with the other person’s partner, etc. Like you – I found it weird that close ones were not able to tell. But I guess if you try hard enough, you might fool people at least for a moment.

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Thanks, Goldie! This was just a one-time free event, no plans to let the kids continue with parkour! Way too dangerous. We’ve tried a lot of things, actually, gone to all the kids’ places we’ve found. Quite different from my own childhood, come to think of it! But that’s how it is nowadays. Kids over here start having hobbies at like 3 🤪

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