Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Weirdest Twin Thing Yet

Yesterday after I picked up the boys from school I took them to Ringing Rocks Park (click here or here or here). This park is only 10 minutes from our house, and about 5 minutes from K & O's school, but it was our first time there, and it was amazing. Exactly the kind of place K & O love: very few people so K & O could go nuts singing shouting and generally acting like their wacky selves with very little restrictions from me, woodsy places to explore, walking/hiking trails just interesting/challenging enough but not too long, big rocks everywhere to climb on and jump off of, and --jackpot!-- water/waterfalls/streams to throw rocks into. Anyway, the highlight for them was definitely running along the forest paths (which are strewn with rocks) and exploring where they'd lead. I probably heard a hundred times exclamations of "I love this place!" and "Ringing Rocks is soooo fun!" and "I can't wait to show Papi this beautiful place because he will love it just like us!!!" Anyway, the weirdest twin thing that I've observed yet kept happening... As I said, the paths were strewn with rocks (and tree roots and sticks and dips/holes/bumps in the dirt). Kyle and Owen were running ahead of me the whole time and they were usually just 3-4 feet apart from each other, either parallel to each other or one just slightly ahead/behind the other. Regardless of how they were positioned the two of them kept tripping over the rocks/roots/bumps and falling down ---like full blow flat out smack on the ground falling--- at the exact same split second moment as each other. The tripping and falling was understandable (it was rough terrain even for an able-bodied adult). But they were tripping and falling at literally the exact same split second. Every time. Over and over. As K & O do, they'd of course just jump back up, dust off, and keep running. They'd sometimes acknowledge out loud that they had both fallen -- they'd exclaim: "Two boys down!" or "Two boys fell!!!" But they just kept going acting like this was normal the whole time we were there (about 1.5 hours). At first I just thought it was a strange fluke. But as I kept watching it happen over and over (often the two of them tripping on completely different rocks/roots/bumps - sometimes 5 or 6 feet apart from each other) I started thinking it was really weird. I couldn't help but think it was some sort of twin thing. It was truly the weirdest twin thing I have observed yet.

p.s. Photo above was taken one day this week before school. Kyle is on the left, Owen is on the right. That morning they had both insisted on having "match to match" orange sippy cups for their milk. Another weird twin thing: their sporadic insistence on having matching things or wearing matching things. No matter how much I now try to dress them different they still often prefer to be dressed identical.

4 comments:

Troy & Tara Livesay said...

Hey guys-
Just doing my weekly check-in ... hope you are enjoying another beautiful fall weekend with your boys.


Hugs-
tara

Malia'sMama said...

You hear stories of strange twin things all the time, even twins who were separated at birth, when they finally come togetether discover amazing similarities. Many year ago, one of my students died in a motorcycle crash the night before graduation. His twin was at home, walking down the driveway to the garage when suddenly, he fell and grabbed his head screaming in pain. It came out later that, that was the exact moment of the impact that took Chris' life and Ken had felt it...
It's incredible what connection is kept when the egg splits. I hope the boys always enjoy their special connection.

theghelertertwins.blogspot.com said...

It's interesting that you mention the clothing. My girls have just recently expressed their dislike or like for what I have planned for them. They will say "no, no mommy no dress"!

happy mom said...

I wonder if some of the matching things are just the age, my son is in a huge matching phase right now, he always wants a matching cup, plate, sipper, straw, and he just chooses a different person for each occasion that he wants to match (since he doesn't have a twin). and if we don't get matching things there could be a melt down.