The conversations always go something like this:
“Are they twins?”
“They’re both girls.” Duh, they have pretty pink and purple earrings.
“Are they identical?”
“No, they’re fraternal. But they look a lot alike.” And then often end with the usual “Glad they’re yours and not mine”, “Double trouble!/Double Blessings!”, “Boy, you have your hands full!”.
Even though I am flattered by the attention and encouraged by the kind people that still exist in our society, after about 9 months of this type of exchange I started to get a little bored with it. So I came up with a few alternative responses that I’d like to share with you.
Here are my unexpected responses to “Are they twins?”
~Yep, the hospital had a two-fer deal and I couldn’t pass it up!
~Yup. Two babies, no waiting!
~No, I like to carry a spare.
~Dangit I must have lost one! I left the house with THREE!
~No, they’re triplets but they were too expensive so we had to sell one.
~Why? Do you see two babies? I only see one! Has somebody been drinking…?
~No, this one is mine. I’m leasing the other one.
~No, I liked the first one so much I had a duplicate made!
~No, they’re four months apart.
~No, this one is 9 months old. The other one is a 2-year-old little person.
Now, to all the kind people out there who are just trying to make conversation, keep it up! It’s not a dumb question to ask. Parents of twins ask the same thing, I promise! Moms of twins (or triplets, or more!) have a tough job, and we appreciate the attention. At least this mom does.
What about you? Do you have twins? What’s your take on the common “Are they twins?” question?