You’ve heard of siblings having similar personalities and same appeals. You have never, however, listened to a story like this.
Imagine seeing a girl who appears to be of African descent standing next to a little girl of European descent. You think that perhaps they have the same mother or father because they look alike. Now, imagine learning that the girls are identical twins. Get ready to fall out of your chair with this story.
Donna and Vince Aylmer were thrilled at the thought of expanding their family by one more kid. The parents already had three children but were, nevertheless, beyond excited for one more little one to add to their comfortable nest. “This will be the greatest time of our lives,” Donna told her husband. “What is more blessed than having a child?”
Perhaps the only thing more beautiful than one new family addition is the notion of having twins. Donna and Vince were shocked and happy to learn that they would be one of a select few in their hometown giving birth to twins in coming months. “We must be something special to the universe,” Vince thought.
The expectant father did not understand the accuracy of his thoughts. Vince, however, saw just how special he was when his daughters arrived.
Maria and Lucy Aylmer were born on January 16, 1997. The twins’ parents were overjoyed about their girls’ arrival and were even more shocked to see how the newborns looked. Maria was one shade of skin tone, and Lucy was another shade.
“Well, most twins are not exactly identical,” someone may say. “There’s nothing special about that.” What you don’t understand is that Maria and Lucy’s skin tones were noticeably different.
One of the twins appeared to be of African-American descent, while the other newborn took on the color of a Caucasian child.
Now, make no mistake, Donna and Vince figured that their girls would be biracial. He, after all, is Caucasian while she is of Jamaican descent. Donna and Vince just thought that the girls would have skin tones that were more on the vanilla or cream side of things. They were not expecting one twin to be entirely black and the other entirely white.
“If I hadn’t seen it for myself, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Donna revealed. “Me too,” Vince said. “I was amazed, too.” Those around the couple were also pretty shocked. Many family members still have substantial and unanswered questions.
Nevertheless, the twins are here, have been here, and continue to revolutionize the world of those around them. It’s hard to believe that a 49-year-old warehouse worker and a 55-year-old scaffolder transformed the community around them with the birth of their twins.
“But how can twins be born of the same wound yet have different skin tones,” you may ask. Well, Maria and Lucy aren’t precisely identical twins. You see, the girls come from the same womb but different eggs. This means that the girls didn’t inherit the exact same genes.
Lucy, then, came out with much lighter skin than her younger sister, Maria. The girls’ hair was also different with Lucy’s mane taking on a blondish color and Maria having a brownish type of hair. The texture of the twins’ manes was also a bit different. Both Lucy and Maria had curly hair, but Lucy’s hair was a bit thinner than her younger sister’s hair.
Growing up, the twins wore identical outfits. Donna took great pride in matching her daughters’ styles. Her decision to sync her kids’ fashion sparked the conversation about their same birthdays when they were young. “Why are they wearing the same dress,” some would ask. “It’s because they are twins,” Donna would tell outsiders. Of course, the complete shock of it all would show on their faces. Donna would gladly explain, though.
As the girls got older, it took a bit of extra love headed towards Lucy’s way. Maria’s skin tone was in line with her older brothers and sister who also had a bit more melanin. “Why am I an outsider,” Lucy would sometimes ask. “Am I not a part of the family,” she asked her mom at one point.
“Of course you are,” Donna told her then-teenaged daughter. “The color of your skin says nothing about what is inside of you.” Lucy felt much better after that conversation and never felt inferior because of her appearance again.
“Our brothers and sisters have skin which is in between Maria and I,” Lucy said during an interview with Daily Mail. “We are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and they are all somewhere in between. But my grandmother has a very fair English rose complexion, just like mine.”
Now, Lucy and Maria are young adults, and they are never ashamed to talk about their unique births. “We are twins,” Lucy said during one conversation with her friends. “You can’t accept me without also accepting her.”
Lucy and Maria’s story comes at a great time in history. Here in this time when the color of a person’s skin seems to determine their plight in life, it is refreshing to hear a story that speaks the truth of their only being one race: human.
They have experienced much pain throughout their journey. “We were in the same class, but no one had a problem telling us apart,” Lucy revealed. “Twins are known for swapping identities, but there was no way Maria and I could ever do anything like that.”
They may have missed out on a few things that most twins enjoy, and they may have been wrongfully judged because of their skin tones, but one thing remains true: the girls do not dress alike anymore.
“We don’t look alike,” Lucy said. “So why should we have to wear the exact same thing?” Individuality is everything when growing up.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
Airline Passengers Attention Please: Avoid Wearing These Items While You Fly!
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