Aug 7, 2011

Lessons learned from being a twin

I am on the right, my twin sister on left
I have an identical twin sister.  She is less than 4 minutes older than me, about 40 pounds thinner and 2 inches shorter.  I have always jokingly said that that extra 3.3 minutes must have been the time when I got all the growth hormones.

People have always compared us.  People like to find differences.  Ever since I was little, I have known that I was bigger.  When I lived in Massachusetts, people knew I had a twin but they had never met her.  I had introduced my twin sister to my best friend.  I must have had to go somewhere else in the house, because when I returned my sister had just been told how beautiful she looked by another friend that stopped by.  When I came back into the room, my twin sister had decided that my second friend was her best friend.  Then my friend saw me and said something like, "Oh, I thought she was you.  I had told her how beautiful she looked!" 

If one of us did something wrong, and the teacher couldn't tell us apart, we both got punished.  There isn't always justice in the world for someone that has been wrongly accused.  I have known that innocent people could be punished since I was 5 years old.  I can remember trying to explain that I wasn't the perpetrator, but I was found guilty and was punished.

You need to be friendly to everyone.  It isn't uncommon for me to be walking through a store and have a total stranger wave to me.  I will always wave back because if I don't acknowledge the stranger's existence, my twin sister will be told how rude she was for not acknowledging the person.  I have also been told that I should have at least waved to someone instead of just walking past them.  Then I will explain that there is no way it was me. 

I was walked straight into a mirror because I thought it was my sister.  I had seen her from the side and when I turned, it was the mirror.  That was the first time I realized how we must really look alike.


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