Wednesday, August 24, 2005


While I know twins are somewhat rare, how infuriatingly annoying is it when a complete stranger in the middle of the street or in the middle of a store will ask you if your children are twins…seriously, I’m asking all parents of twins/triplets/quads, etc.

I know for me, it is maddening beyond belief. I know some people are, quite frankly, idiots, and may not be able to grasp the concept of two children looking the exact same, but everyone asking, come on.

I don’t want to go off on a tirade, but if you are walking down the street or walking in a store and see two children who look absolutely alike, common sense should tell you that they may be twins. But, if you are not sure, do you really have to ask? Is it really your business if they are twins or not? My opinion (and really, this is only my opinion – though I know other parents of twins who feel the same way) it is not. Why do you think that you have the right to ask if they are twins? Is the fact of not knowing if these children are twins going to alter your life in any way, shape or form? If you do not find out if these children are twins, are you going to be unable to sleep at night or get through your day? I highly doubt it.

So next time dear reader, when you are walking down the street (but really – who does that anymore), or are walking in the grocery or department store and see two kids who look like they are twins – tell yourself that they probably are.

Just don’t ask the parents.

In the immortal words of fellow ranter Dennis Miller: of course that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.


Chia said...

The daughter of my brother has twins ?

Her link is on the left of my website!

Greetings from The Netherlands.

Melissa said...

I get asked if my girls are twins a lot. Noooo...they just look exactly alike, are the same size, and are wearing the same outfit for the heck of it. WTH? People can be so dumb.

I also get asked if my older two are twins though and they aren't. They look a lot alike though and my 4 year old (almost 5) is only an inch shorter then my 6 year old lol.

Anonymous said...

Why is it soooo annoying? I have twin boys who are fraternal and many think they're identical and I find it amusing NOT annoying that I see them so differently than others do. To me they look NOTHING alike. Besides, I think people want to comment but don't know what to say. I like nothing better than talking about my boys. So what if the conversations starts with a not so bright question such as this.