When turning the corner of a DSHS hallway, there’s a small likelihood that you might see the same person that has been walking behind you five feet ahead. Though it may seem like it, this probably isn’t a mirage, and instead a set of twins or triplets.
April, a month of many odd holidays, doubles as the namesake of multiple birth month, a celebration dedicated to recognizing all twins, triplets, quadruplets, etc. Multiple births are surprisingly abundant in the modern era, and the number of twins and triplets, both identical and fraternal, at DSHS often shocks other students. However, those born in multiples themselves have grown accustomed to their lives as twins/triplets, and though their life experiences aren’t too different from those born alone, there are some major contrasts.
“We’re always together,” sophomore Jason Fitzpatrick said. “I think the longest time that we’ve ever been apart was probably less than a day.”
Some sets of twins have no problem whatsoever spending all of their time together. In fact, out of the twins interviewed, the majority participate in the same activities and share the same friend group.
“We get along on almost everything,” Bryce Fitzpatrick said. “We don’t fight with each other. Most siblings do, but we get along pretty well.”
However, this doesn’t necessarily prove true for triplets. Due to the higher amount of siblings, the chance that three people will differ more than two is highly likely. Though the triplet interviewed didn’t share quite as many interests with her siblings as other twins did, it was clear that the three still get along enough to hang out with one another.
“Me and my sister have a similar friend group, and then me and my brother don’t,” Alecia England, triplet, said. “Me and my sister, some of our music is very similar, because we both like Ed Sheeran. That’s basically it, because a lot of their lives center on soccer and sports, but I’m not in soccer and sports.”
Though many presume that twins of the same gender get along more easily than those of different genders, the opposite sometimes proves true. As most twins are raised together, the difference in gender doesn’t particularly act as an emotional barrier in terms of the way they live their lives.
“I usually joke around with people, saying my life would be so much better without my twin, and I wouldn’t need anyone,” Mikey Marquez said. “But now that I think about it, I probably would be very lonely, because my twin helps me. She helps me with everything, she helps me with how I feel emotionally, and she helps me get through the day.”
The same sentiment goes for identical and fraternal twins. While identical twins may have more physical similarities, fraternal twins can have just as many similar interests and mentalities.
“I mean, we have like two classes together, and then at home we sit and do homework together, like twins,” sophomore Allie Haberman said. “We have the same friend group, so you know we chill, we hang, we tight, we bros. We do theatre. We like memes too.”
Identical twins sometimes have a leg up on fraternal twins, though. When two people share the same face, the classic action of switching places can ensue, a trick that can fool almost everyone.
“When we were in elementary school, I used to have long hair, so everyone used to think I was her,” Marquez said. “It went to a point where we even switched classes. Yeah, we got in trouble for that.”
Aside from sneaky plans, identical twins can also use their similarities for more harmless purposes.
“People have a hard time telling us apart so that’s always fun,” Brooke Rummel said. “I like being identical because then you can be like ‘oh, how does that look’ when you’re shopping, and just say turn around, do a whole 360.”
In the case of the Rummel twins, one always pushes the other to do their best. Due to their participation in the same sports and extracurricular activities, they have the ability to try new things based on what their twin decides to do.
“Whenever she does something I’m like ‘oh, maybe that would be interesting for me,’” Ashley Rummel said. “I feel like Brooke didn’t really pick up writing until I really did
Though each set of twins and triplets has their differences, all of the subjects interviewed did have at least one thing in common. Each person valued their sibling (or siblings), and hoped to have a close, positive relationship with their twin/triplet in the future.
“You know the saying that ‘you’ll always have a good relationship with your mom?’” Marquez said. “For me, it’s ‘I’ll always have a good relationship with my twin.”
Written By Katie Haberman