When I found out I was expecting twins I suddenly found myself open to lots of different reactions, comments and questions. Since they have been born I often find myself talking to complete strangers, in the middle of the street, about our twins.
Just for fun I have compiled a list of the things I hear on a regular basis:
- Are they twins?
- Two for the price of one (no we have to pay for each one – we don’t cram them into the same car seat, the same high-chair and the same trousers.)
- Double trouble
- You’ve got your hands full
- Do you know so-and-so they have twins?
- Are they natural?
- Do twins run in your family?
- Did you have them naturally?
- Are they identical? (they are a boy and a girl so that would be a no)
- Who was born first?
- You can tell he was born first as he’s bigger (he was born first by only 20 minutes – I don’t think that makes a huge difference and actually, when born, he weighed less than his sister)
- You wont be having any more then
- They don’t look alike
- They do look alike
- How do you manage?
- Were they premature?
I still find it amazing what thoughts people have about twins and also what they are prepared to say out loud to a stranger. When I was first told we were having twins I never thought that one day I would find myself in the supermarket giving a basic biological lesson to an elderly gentleman on how boy and girl twins can’t be identical. But its only natural that twins are a subject of curiosity and to be honest I am incredibly proud to answer them. My only worry is about their big sister who often stands beside their buggy listening to all this ‘attention’. When these questions are asked I always make sure I start by introducing her first and then the twins. This usually makes it quite clear how important and proud I am of all our children and the majority of people make sure they talk to her too. Eldest girl seems to take it in her stride and is as proud to answer their questions too.
Thank you very much for reading.