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Twin bonding in the teen years — FranklyStein

LilAdamThey shared the womb, they share birthdays so I don’t know why I’m surprised that now they are teenagers, my twins are still sharing.

I guess it’s always been there, but I really began noticing the special bond Lilly and Adam have last fall. We were hiking in Shenandoah and they spent the majority of the hike together — walking side by side, alternately deep in conversation and joking around. It happened again over spring break, we were on the Cliff Walk in Newport and they were way ahead, walking together.

I guess it’s no surprise that they have more in common than the other kids. They swim with the same club, at the same time, in the same group. They were in the musical together this spring at Adam’s school. And for nine years, they were in the same class. But up until recently, they never had the same friends or seemed to have much in common. Although, I could easily have missed something in the frenzy of four kids.

Recently, however, I’ve found them together in Adam’s room, laughing over a YouTube video or a group chat conversation. There’s been a time or two that Adam has barged into the girls room to show Lilly something on his phone — and she hasn’t yelled at him to get out. The other night, Adam even invited Lilly out to dinner with his friends before the play. When I asked him why he invited her, he said simply, “I thought she might want to come.”

They don’t always like each other. They squabble much more than the other kids — over who gets to sit in the front seat and what to listen to in the car. But, surprisingly, even that warms my heart because I know, deep inside, they love each other. And just like in the womb, they’ve got each other’s backs.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 17, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.


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