70 for 70, seventy friends for a 70th birthday. That was the plan, and thanks to the determination and incredible organizational skills of Jeannette (David’s wife), the twins (Robin and David Jarman) celebrated in style.
The Jarmaniac twins turned 70 on March 27th. For their 50th birthday they wrenched their backs trying to duplicate the act that made them a popular duo on the performance circuit. The musical brothers would play the piano upside down, backwards, with their feet, and whatever pretzel approach gave them a chance to make the audience laugh.
At 70 they contented themselves with huge smiles, their usual friendliness, and appreciation for the love friends and family showered on them. The setting for the party was the seaside bowling club (lawn bowls, that is) in beautiful Port Elliot, South Australia.
Many of the friends gathered there had known the twins since they were young men, starting out on different paths. Robin’s would take him to Canada in 1968, an adventure he expected to last a year or two but is now in its 43rd year. David stayed in Adelaide, his roots growing ever deeper in the soil of a community where he is inextricably entwined.
Though their reunions were years apart, they followed similar paths. Teachers until they retired, both became tour directors and are still in their element sharing their wealth of knowledge with visitors.
When they are together, years fall away. One begins a thought, the other finishes it. Their gestures, speech mannerisms and eccentricities are so alike Jeannette and I roll our eyes and laugh.
Happy 70th, David and Robin. You spread joy wherever you walk. The world is a better place because you are in it.
[One of the birthday surprises was the arrival of The Fishbowl Boys, talented young singers from Adelaide. Robin and David used to sing barbershop so were thrilled by this quartet. They joined them for the last song. Notice how similar the twins’ gestures are. Thanks, Don and Jill, for a gift the twins will never forget.)