November 2, 2010


Did I ever tell you I was immortal?

Once long ago (I can’t remember when) I was with someone who was looking through the 1974 Concordia yearbook and someone (I can’t remember who) said, “Lauren! It’s you!”

Lo and behold, there I was.

Be yourself. The best, cutest, quietest version of yourself. Remember to wear lip gloss.  Name that song.

Well, Bernita Thaete was there, and sure enough, she looked just like me. It was enough of a coincidence that somehow…… (I don’t remember how)…. I came to be in possession of said yearbook. (Honestly, I don’t think I stole it from anyone, but I don’t know how come I still have it. Library sale? Let’s go with that.) It was fun to show people that I had gone to college in the early 70’s.

Anyway, fast forward to this past weekend where I was at a social event (stressful for hermit-like me) and I went to get my ‘salad*’ from the kitchen before Lloyd and I left. There was a nice lady who asked me my name.

Lauren: “I’m Lauren.”

Lady: “I’m Bernita.”

Lauren: “What?!?” (Struggle to remain calm.) “Um, did you go to Concordia??”

Well, sure enough – she did, and it was her. I told her the whole story. Her hair is shorter now and she is a wonderfully nice lady who didn’t try to edge away from my obvious craziness.

Thank you, Bernita. I’m glad we got to be the same person for a little while.

*Seriously, anything that involves Cool Whip, strawberries and a cup of sugar should be a dessert. A delicious, delicious dessert.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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12 Responses to “Doppelganger”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Ha! That’s awesome that you met her! I would have been too chicken to say anything.


  2. Kristi Said on:

    Don’t we get to see a picture of the two of you together????


  3. Kristi Said on:

    And now you’ll have an idea of how you’ll look as you continue to age, I mean mature.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    That is so cool!! And incredible!!

    When I was around 18, my neighbor told me I looked just like Samantha Stevens….or was it Gladys Kravitz….Uncle Arthur?


  5. Brad Said on:

    Wow! Right above your college ID in the picture, it almost says Lloyd Sommerer. Maybe you guys are time travelers and you’re trying to tell us something!


  6. Kristi Said on:

    I’m impressed that you still have your ID card.


  7. Kristi Said on:

    I do believe that an early and subdued version of Jeff Meinz is two pictures to the right of you.


  8. Kristi Said on:

    And is that a young Eunice Goldgrabe in the bottom right-hand corner?

    Okay, I’m gonna stop. This is getting creepy.


  9. Beth Said on:

    Susan Sylwester. The fourth one over in the top row of visible pictures. That’s Sue Loontjer. For real.


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