A frequent question I get asked is “Do your twins get along?”
As with most twin questions, there is no truthful answer to this. If I’m annoyed, I say, “Sometimes.” If I’m in a rush, I say, “Yes.” And if I feel like chatting, I say, “Like an old married couple.”
It might be a weird comparison, but William and Vivian do remind me of an old married couple. Here’s how:
- They’re not outwardly smitten, but there’s a quiet (and a not-so-quiet) sense of togetherness
- They can still find things to talk about even if they’re with each other a lot
- They’re comfortable with silences
- They know intimately what annoys each other and are often willing to twist that knife
- They blame each other for their own errors
- They comfort each other
- They can make each other laugh in a way no other human can
During our two week Spring Break, however, Vivian and William spent more time together then they’ve become accustomed to. They’re in separate all-day kindergarten classes, so they’re getting used to being apart. Or at least that’s my theory.
So, like an old married couple who’s seen no one but each other for two weeks, the annoyance levels are getting higher.
It’s William who’s been most vocal about this recently.
First, he told his sister, “I’m not inviting you to my birthday party.” Vivian immediately realized the implication of this as a twin and burst into sobs.
Then, twice in two days, William announced, “I want to sell Vivian.” He was serious.
And yesterday, he told her, “Give me my car back, or I’ll throw you outside.” He clearly has absorbed a few of my Manipulation 101 strategies.
So do they get along?
Today I’m saying sometimes.