In 1908, Kate Skinner, an unmarried barmaid, gave birth to Siamese twins. Their names were Daisy and Violet. They were joined at the hip and shared blood circulation, but no major organs.
Skinner’s boss, Mary Hilton, assisted with the birth. When she saw that the babies were conjoined, she wondered if she might find a way to exploit them for financial gain. With an idea brewing in her head, she purchased the children from their birth mother and gave them her last name.
The Hilton Twins eventually became marginally famous, first as a carnival sideshow attraction and later as vaudeville performers. Amazingly, the girls learned to sing, tap dance, and accompany each other on various musical instruments. Their last public appearance was in 1961 in Charlotte, North Carolina. They died in 1969.
It’s the tap dancing that captures my imagination.
Seems to me it would’ve been very easy for them to get tangled up and land in a heap. They had to have meticulously worked out every step, making sure all of their movements were perfectly balanced and in sync. Nothing short of complete cooperation was going to bring them success as entertainers.
Sounds like a good prescription for marriage, doesn’t it?
As Valentine’s Day approaches, greeting card supplies will dwindle, chocolate and flower sales will skyrocket, and restaurant reservation schedules will fill up. And while all this is happening, many married men and women will secretly long for greater cooperation from that person to whom they are “joined at the hip.”
I’ve been around long enough to know that cards and chocolates and flowers and candlelight dinners all put together can’t erase the frustration married people feel when their relationship is out of sync. One woman said to me, “My husband was a hero to my coworkers when the flowers he sent were delivered to my desk at work. They went on and on about what a wonderful guy he is. I didn’t bother to tell them that we may lose our house because he spends so much money on alcohol and golf.”
What are you giving your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? Perhaps, more than anything, she (or he) would want a little cooperation.
For further reflection read Ephesians 5:22-33.