It was my first time to have them so close to me. The resemblance was bewildering. I couldn’t tell who was who. But, after more than six years of being together, I can differentiate them even from their back view. I can no longer be bamboozled.

More, is that I have come to appreciate their difference. Same faces but different characters. Similar looks but different attitudes. Though I tend to call one often, I can’t say I prefer him to the other. I love both of them so dearly. They are jewels of inestimable value. Their differences make them unique.

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Voice-Team
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1 year ago

Using twins to illustrate “different” is brilliant. A lovingly told, totally relatable story.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Love this Thompson. I always said that, if I ever had identical twins (I didn’t), I would absolutely, definitely, dress them differently to each other, make sure they had their own identity, from a very young age. I’ve included twins or the concept of them, in a couple of my stories now. I became very interested in twin psychology, when I did my maternity placement as a student nurse, and later from talking to the twin who was left behind, after their brother or sister had died, when I worked on the Elderly Care wards. This was the inspiration for my short story ‘The Book’. Yes, they may look the same, but inside they are two very different people. Good job with this one.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
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1 year ago

It’s published on Amazon for Kindle and KU if you are interested, and if you do read it, I love for you to review. It’s only 3000 words because it was originally a competition piece, so not a long read ?

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Another very interesting story line Thompson. There will be lots of thoughts (opinions) on this one, also there has been lots of research on this topic too. I watched a t/v documentary some time back, on an experiment that was carried out unknown to the sets of twins who were deliberately separated at birth, and secretly monitored. It all blew up in the end, when a set of twins accidentally met up at college. The result was a huge scandal that resulted in the orphanage being shut down. A very sad and tragic story.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Twins are amazing, Thompson. I wish I could give birth to a twin child particularly both boys not because they say it brings luck to the parents but because I want to have a son if possible two sons in one pregnancy.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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1 year ago

Yes, Thompson. It needs more commitment, patience, love and care.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

This story is so sweet and touching, Thompson. One of my brothers has identical twin grand-daughters. Luckily they adopted a color scheme soon after they were born, so you know who they are by the pink or purple ribbon (or sweater or blanket or shirt). Otherwise, I’d never know who I was talking to!

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
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1 year ago

Hello again, Thompson. One of my friends just told me a story about her identical twin grandsons, Jack and Charlie, aged three. They just started pre-school and the mischievous Charlie told the new teacher that he was Jack. She then asked him if he could spell his name yet, and without thinking he answered “C-h-a-r-l-i-e”! I wish I could have seen his face when he realized he had gotten caught!!

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

This is a beautiful description of your friendship with the two brothers. I appreciate that you can see differences between them and like each one for how he is.
I am speaking from my own experience, having an identical twin brother. (As a matter of fact, I have decided that I am going to put a picture from our childhood in Voice.club’s photo contest “Memory.” Check it out!)
My brother and I always had to wear the same clothes and were constantly compared as children. Since we were very shy, we didn’t like the attention we caused. At about 15, we started to dress differently and look for different friends and later studied different things. Today, we stay in touch and still look alike, but we don’t have a closer relationship than regular siblings and have developed different lifestyles.
I have a feeling that your friends are going to stay closer than my brother and I have done.

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Thompson, this is lovely. It is amazing how when you get to know them so well, that you could identify them without really ‘looking’. I remember years ago when we visited someone who had two brothers who were identical twins. The person we visited was sitting with his back to the door. One of the twins came into the room, with a quick glance over his shoulder, the older brother looked at him and immediately knew which brother it was. I was quite surprised, because he saw him for a split second. I couldn’t tell them apart at all. I like how you pointed out the fact that they are not the same even though they look identical. Each set of twins I’ve met through the years differed in personality. This is a great story.

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Your story is a wonderful tribute to twins everywhere, Thompson, and I really enjoyed reading it. Some years ago I had one identical twin as my hairdresser but I didn’t know she was a twin. Outside of the salon I would often see her, shopping etc, and sometimes she would greet me but at other times completely ignore me. Finally, one day I met them shopping together and it all became clear  ?  ? 

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