Hardly a single day goes by when I don't hear someone, be it a good friend, family member or total stranger, comment on how much my boys look alike. More times than I can count, people have remarked that they could be twins, if not for the difference in their sizes.
I know there's a resemblance there. But I sure don't see mirror images when I look at them. They look like brothers to me - but certainly not twins. It's odd - when others look at my kids, they see nothing but similarities. When I look at them, I'm more likely to notice their differences. And they are different.
Their personalities are like night and day to me. Noah is my calm, sensitive, inquisitive, happy guy. Nicklaus is much more serious, more dramatic, more...challenging, but so very loveable and snuggly too. When Noah perceives an injustice, his face falls and his eyes well up. His shoulders slump and you can usually hear a loud, put-upon sigh from him. With Nicklaus? It's righteous indignation all the way, baby. His little face gets red and his fists ball up and he'll likely yell at the top of his lungs, "HEY! THAT'S NOT REALLY NICE!".
But there are times when their respective personalities seem to reverse themselves. Lately, with summer here, there's water involved. Whether it's the swimming pool, the ocean, or the bathtub, Noah is literally jumping in with both feet, yelling "Geronimo!" (or "Ge-mom-in-o" as both boys say). Gone is the calm demeanor. He's got a huge grin on his face and will happily push himself to the limit.
Nicklaus, on the other hand, is the picture of timidity. He takes 'carefulness' to the extreme. Where Noah is diving in head first, Nicklaus is content to stick his pinky toe in, as long as no one splashes him. His normal tough-guy exterior is stripped away and if you could see the thought bubble over his head, it would say "Are you SURE this is a good idea?".
Today I bought a Slip & Slide and set it up in the backyard. The difference in the way Noah approached it versus Nicklaus was a classic demonstration in just how different they are: