Growing up I was told a lot of stories about my grandmother Mabel and her twin sister Madelaine and their strong twinnection*. Some stories were about how they tricked people into thinking they were their sister, basically anything you'd see in those low budget Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen movies from the nineties. Except oddly my grandmother and her sister, who were also fraternal twins, didn't look much alike no matter how many identical haircuts or matching embroidered "M" sweaters their mother dressed them in, so I'm guessing people around were either playing along or a little slow on the uptake. One of my favourite stories about them is from when one twin had a sore arm all weekend and later discovered that her sister had broken the same arm skiing hundreds of miles away.
Molly and Jack are 23 months old (today) and I'm a little sad to admit that I've rarely noticed their super twin powers shining through. Maybe some of it has to do with how I've never really embraced traditional ways of celebrating their twinness. Sure they share a birthday, toys, clothes and a nursery, but I rarely (maybe 3-4 times) dress them in matching clothes. Molly (twin A) is and acts like the oldest and Jackie (twin B) embraces his role of the baby. Molly and Jack both love each other's company, they've moved past parallel play and sometimes play together chasing each other around the house squealing. The way they interact reminds me a lot of me and my younger brother. They are both crazy about each other, love to fight and tease their sibling, but share a loyalty with their sibling akin to a mama bear.
|Miss Molly & her Dollies|
I thought I was grasping at straws. Then on Sunday when I was at my parent's house something funny happened. Molly was playing with the dolls and pushing them around the house in a toy stroller. My mother and I noticed that Miss Molly makes sure that there are ALWAYS two babies in her stroller, or by her side. Because babies always come in pairs, right?
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*If no one else has claimed this term, I am right now! Dibs!
**Defined as "twin shining" of course. Dibs again as creator on Urban Dictionary!