TEEN BEAT: Having a twin
Two of my good friends are smart, beautiful and hilarious identical twins. When I first met them I couldn’t tell them apart, and, I’ll admit, sometimes in photos they can still fool me. They are funny to watch because they have so many inside jokes that only the two of them understand and they are able to complete each others sentences effortlessly.
One of the most interesting things I found out about them is that there is a twin convention in Twinsburg, Ohio, the first weekend of August that they have been to twice. Looking through their closet, you will find multiple identical outfits that they wear at the convention — right down to the shoes. And their Facebook pages contains pictures of them with other perfectly coordinated identical twins. These four twin-filled days would surely be something to see. The told me their favorite part is that they get to be with — in their own words — their “kind.” And there are parades and booths they also enjoy.
I often have wished that I had a twin, mostly an identical one. I grew up watching movies like “The Parent Trap,” where a set of twins switch places and lives in order to get their parents back together. I just think it would be an incredible source of entertainment — especially being able to fool your friends and family, your teachers and complete strangers.
Not to mention, you have someone who has pretty much lived the same life as you. You started out together in the womb and then you had the same education, the same parenting, the same toys, everything. You have been through literally a lifetime of stuff together and you know that they understand you better than anyone else. You know you always have someone you can turn to and they will have your back.
And I always wondered if it would make school easier because you could just do your homework together, assuming you had some of the same classes. I would certainly take advantage of that.
I am grateful every day that I am not an only child. I will admit, though, I do enjoy it when my siblings are gone for the occasional weekend. But after a few days, the loneliness sets in and becomes unbearable very quickly. Just like most brothers and sisters, we do fight. But underneath everything, I love them to pieces. I wonder how different my life would be if one of them were my twin.
Maybe being a twin is one of those things that you think would be really great, but turns out to have its downsides, too — like having to share a car or pay for two college tuitions at once. But I’m fairly certain with my friends, at least, that the good definitely outweighs the bad.
Grace Fowler is a senior at Greenville High School. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.