I bumped into Marian through Ninja Mom’s Character Assassination Carousel several months back. She’s funny and kind and has an awesome blog where she gets nominated for cool bloggy awards all the time. I was so honored that she was willing to guest post for me this week- and when we talked about what kind of topic she would like she mentioned that she had a twin! Would that work? Ummm…. Yes. So a big welcome to Marian from Swimmng With Three, thank you for stopping by!
I was excited when Farrah invited me to write a guest post for her. I hope she has a restful few days to take care of herself.
Because she’s a mom of twins, I enlisted my twin sister for some help with this post. Just so you know, Maggie and I are fraternal twins born two minutes apart. I was born first. Although we absolutely love each other, you have probably never met two people less alike than we are. So without further ado, Maggie and I present:
Being a Twin: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Marian – Because of my sister I know about Transformers, He-Man, Air Jordan’s, and NKTOB. As we grew up she became less of a tomboy and now thanks to her I know about pencil skirts and she taught me how to flat iron my hair. (Yes, I needed to be taught.)
Maggie – Because of my sister, I know about My Little Ponies, Strawberry Shortcake, Jem and the Holograms and I can recite the lyrics from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and the Lion King by heart. She now keeps me in the loop about what the cool kids are doing. Having a boy that is three years ahead of my three year old helps a lot.
Jem is outrageous!
Marian – Maggie always offered a different perspective. When we were young, she wanted nothing to do with my Barbies unless she was attacking them with her Transformers. Likewise, I didn’t want to touch her Transformers unless my Barbies could take a ride in one. I had a constant playmate but we rarely wanted to play the same games.
More than meets the eye!
Maggie – Marian always wanted to do girly things rather than play sports. Although she may not have seemed as tough as I did during my tomboy phase, she did let me sleep in her bed for nearly a month after we watched Children of the Corn and she didn’t seem phased by that movie at all. I won’t forget that.
Marian – Hey Lifetime! Why did you show this movie 20 times the summer between 2nd and 3rd grade? And why was I compelled to watch it almost every time? (I wasn’t phased by it, but I had Maggie in bed with me.)
Marian – The ugly would be the super short haircut I got when I wanted to imitate my cool sister who was the most popular kid in 5th grade. Now she has long, thick, wavy hair that I still wish I could imitate.
Maggie – Let’s agree not to talk about, or show pictures of, the fifth grade….sigh.
I can’t say that I fully appreciated having a twin until we moved to Florida. Having someone your age that you could talk to was pretty valuable. Now that we are adults I appreciate it even more and whenever we get to see each other it is like no time has passed at all. I love my twin sis– especially now that we aren’t in high school together anymore!
Are your twins identical or fraternal? Alike or very different? Do they have Wonder Twin powers? (Those seem to have skipped us.) Is raising them fun or crazy? Please tell me about some twins you know.