As you may have deduced by stalking our ‘about’ page, Shanti and I are twins. People sometimes make these assumptions about us because we’re twins, and so this is a *helpful* rant about being a my experiences being a twin (or at least Shanti and I, I don’t know if all of this is true for all twins). And (WARNING: TANGENT AHEAD) I’m about 2 chapters into Jane Eyre. It’s quite hard work.
- Never call us ‘the twins’. It’s frustrating to be defined by the multiplicity of your birth.
- ‘Twinnies’ is even worse. (we seriously had a teacher and grandmother who called us that)
- I do hope you can tell us apart. If you can’t, here are some hints: Shanti has shorter hair, a nose piercing, ear piercings, and is taller that me, to start. (Coincidentally, I have longer hair, no piercings, and I am shorter. Hmm.)
- You don’t have to say “yes” in jubilation if you get the right name.
- If you truly can’t get the right name, then say “Hi,” rather than “Hi, whichever one you are,”
- Being a twin is like having a sister or brother who’s your age who’s your age and you’ve spent your entire life with.
- No, I don’t cry when Shanti cries. When she hurts her finger, mine doesn’t hurt too.
- Just because we live together doesn’t mean we want to do every group project together. In fact, it’s the reason we don’t want to do group projects together.
- We have never, ever worn completely matching clothes.
- Fun Fact: When we were 12, Shanti and I decide to swap classes for the day (we only had two classes apart and we told those teachers). In science we were getting back our tests, which almost nobody had doe very well on. I was fairly happy I got 81%, being better than everyone else’s, until I realised I had Shanti’s test. I had got 51% (the worst I’ve ever done on a test)
Bonus story: On Tuesday I had a piano lesson with a new teacher. Shanti had had a lesson yesterday. He asked me to tell him about my playing history and I did, and then he was like ‘Wait, are you sure you’re supposed to be here. I had this conversation with you yesterday’ . ‘ that might be my twin sister’ I replied.
Books with twin MC’s ( If you can think of others please leave them in the comments!)
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Double Act by Jaqueline Wilson (very mg though)