Photographs of our twin daughters, every week, once a week, this 2014. Week 30.
This pretty much the scenario when we tell them to “hug!”
I think these photographs need no further words :)
A little shout out to my partner-in-crime—my runner and assistant, the twins’ referee and creative director, the reason behind Dawn & Rain’s smiles (and mine). Thank you, D, for your patience and enthusiasm, even though we drive you crazy sometimes. You’re awesome.
Do you know that the world celebrates “Twins Days”?
That’s right, it’s “Twins Days“, plural, because, as they say, “each twin needs her own day.” It’s an annual festival that happens on the first weekend of August, every year, at Twinsburg, Ohio. A tradition that began in 1976, the Twins Days Festival is dubbed as The World’s Largest Gathering of Twins, and has attracted thousands of biological twins—identical, fraternal, even triplets and quadruplets—of all ages, from all over the world.
I didn’t really know such festival exists until today. I just spent the past hour reading about the festival, amazed that somewhere in Ohio, people actually celebrate this curious case of twindom in such a huge way.
I came across this special Huffpost Live episode which featured 3 adult biological twins (2 of them identical, and 1 fraternal), and I watched all 16+ minutes of the episode with such fondness and excitement and curiosity. In fact, I watched it twice.(I’m a mom of twin, I’m excused to watch it twice! Lol.)
If you have 16 minutes to spare, go ahead and watch it:
I’m over the moon watching these 3 sets of twins, all grown up, talking about how life was/is like for them. I find the story of Kaitlin and Alexandra interesting, the fraternal twins in the video above, since Dawn & Rain are also fraternal twins who don’t really have a lot of physical similarities.
They all laughed about how fraternal twins sometimes have to fight for their right to twindom, unlike identical twins who undeniably look like twins. I wonder if Dawn & Rain would proudly fight for their right to being “twins” someday too.
I know every set of twins is different from the others, but listening to adult twins, it’s nice to get a picture of how this could transpire for Dawn & Rain as they grow up. I’m so excited for them! :)
The fascination never ends
Many people are intrigued by twins, how it’s like to be one, to have one. I myself get asked all the time how it’s like to be pregnant with twins, to birth them and raise them. But I think what’s even more interesting than birthing twins is being a twin.
To grow up knowing that you shared a womb with another person, and at one point you wore the same clothes and shared the same bed. That even though you eventually live separate lives, or take different courses in college, you know that you’re connected to someone in a way only twins will understand.
What really warms my heart hearing from the HuffPost video is that special bond shared between twins. I remember blogging about this before, how fascinating it is that they’re together since day zero, and that they will always have each other.
What a brilliant and wise and awesome God we have for creating twins.
I’m still amazed. I think I will never stop being amazed.
Hooray to Twins Days!