Dearest fellow Facebookers,
Do people often exclaim they know someone who looks just like you? I have heard it once or twice, not since I was young, and usually in reference to how my nose looked a lot like Barbra Streisand’s. They didn’t compare my skin to her peaches and cream complexion or my singing voice to hers. It was always just my nose.
Apparently there is a name for that facial twin or face double we may have out there somewhere in this wide world. The word is doppelganger, which I thought was the name of that thing that hangs down in the back of your throat! Ha! That hangy-downy thing is actually called a uvula. But I think doppelganger is a better fit. And it seems there is a whole assortment of folklore, myths, religious beliefs and paranormal phenomena associated with this idea of a twin stranger.
Nice To Meet You
I chose a feature in Southwest (airlines) magazine for Glossies Made Me Do It, 07.2018. In his article entitled “Nice to Meet Me”, Jesse Hughey talked about a similar idea to that of a facial twin.
But instead of researching the possibility of having a face double, Hughey connected on Facebook with others who share his name. And in doing so, took a look at himself from a different perspective. “Friending” a younger Jesse Hughey, had the author reminiscing about his own youth and even seeing a younger version of himself in some of the activities and experiences his counterpart was enjoying. But it also helped the author realize how content he was in his current chapter of life.
Following his lead, I decided to see how many Jesse Hugheys I could find on Facebook. 14. Some were male, some female.
And then I decided to take a look at how many Leslie Clingans there are. Three including me!
Curiously, one of them works for a public school system as I once did. We might be able to be virtual pals.
But my real birth name is Leslie Roberts. Roberts being my maiden name. So, I decided to search Facebook for Leslie Roberts. Spelled exactly the same as my name. Wow! Too many to count! Men and women. A number of them live in New York, where I was born. One in Edmond, Oklahoma where my BFF Sharon lives. Another who sells Scentsy…I did, too. More than a half-dozen employed in education. I never dreamed there would be so many Leslie Roberts.
As I scrolled through the list of names and thumbnail photos, I looked for someone I thought I would be friends with, in real life. Based solely on their photo and what little bit I could read about them on Facebook without befriending them. I chose this Leslie Roberts.
She looks like a nice person. She lives in 9 hours away in Duncanville, Texas, which is close to Ft. Worth where my daughter Brennyn lives. And she works for Living the Dream, which I can’t tell too much about, but I like the name! Haven’t taken the plunge to contact her but who knows, maybe for this month’s Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, I will do just that.
Have you ever checked Facebook or Google to see how many folks share you same name? Have you ever been told you look just like someone else? Do you believe there is a doppelganger for each of us? If you decide to look on Facebook for others who have your name, let me know what you find in a comment below! Would you ever reach out to one or more of your namesakes?
So excited because my sister comes to visit tomorrow. Oh, the fun we are going to have! Stay tuned for a full report. Have a great week yourself!
Hugs and kisses,