There are many great things about being a twin, If you look around this site I am sure you will find many of them. I am not here today to talk about those. I want to let you know what annoyed me, and some of the downsides to growing up after sharing womb space with someone else. Enjoy!
5 – People ask if we are identical
I don’t know what today about this one. Until my sister got older, and it became painfully obvious, people would ask if we were identical. Let me settle this once and for all.
We are not.
I am a boy, she is a girl. In case you don’t know that makes us different. We are fraternal twins. I get we look a little bit alike, we do share the same parents after all. Once you know we are different genders this question just makes you look stupid. Stop asking.
4 – You are always compared to your twin.
No matter what I do in my life, I am always been compared to my sister. Every accomplishment either of us has had is weighed against a similar accomplishment of the other. For example, my grades were never as good as hers – while she was never as good at Dr. Mario as me. This abated a bit as we got older, but I know she still hears it from relatives that I have two kids and she doesn’t.
I’ll admit there are days where I’m a bit jealous of her on that last one.
3 – Constantly being asked who is older.
Every time someone finds out I’m a twin they ask who is older. As if it is some measuring stick to see which one of us won the birthing process. She is by the way, by fifteen minutes. When I answer the question now, it is followed by surprise. I know this is due to my hair having signaled an early retreat, making me look so much older than her. So yes, I lost the birth order and I’m ugly.
2 – You Have to Share Everything
From toys to birthdays, nothing was my own. If you’re not a twin, I’m sure you were told that your birthday was your special day. I’ve never heard that. My birthday was our day. The best (read:worst) example was the joint birthday gift. Someone would get cheap and buy one gift for us to share. It turns out most toys can’t be split in half. So basically, they were just giving us something to fight over.
For the record, my parents hated that person.
1 – You don’t have super powers
If I learned anything growing up in the ’80s, it was that twins have super powers. They could communicate with their thoughts, feel what the other twin was feeling, or transform into amazing things. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. No matter how hard I try – I can’t read my sister’s mind. Even worse is when I yell “Form of….” I have never changed shape.
As a side note, I still haven’t forgiven Saturday morning cartoons for breaking this promise.
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