Happy Birthday x2
Happy Birthday to the Twins! Here they are at 6 with shiny, new, matching Schwinns. The bikes were refitted with banana seats and big handlebars a year or two later...
I noticed that not only do they have matching bikes in that photo, they having matching everything -- right down to the pigtails! Being only a year and a half apart, we were even sometimes dressed as triplets and often in clothes that Mom made! This polka-dot dress is one of those and one of my favorites of all time; I don't know whatever happened to any of them! Don't you love how our hems are all evenly lined up? The most amazing thing is that on the other side of Mom in that photo is our little brother -- and she still found time to sew...
It is pretty evident, just looking at them, that besides being fraternal, the twins are very different from each other -- just look at how they stand, the angle of the hats on their heads! By the time they were in grade school, I don't think they had a single matching article of clothing (our baby sister, however, had many sets of three...). By graduation, their paths and interests and circles of friends were so different that they were hardly thought of as sisters, much less twins.
When the four of us used to get together regularly for Sister Weekends, we'd play "Guess The Twins" with unsuspecting
victims people at airports, shops, hotels, and restaurants. No one would ever get it right!
I absolutely love them to pieces and cherish their differences. Happy Birthday!