When people learn that I'm an identical twin, they typically say one of two things. Either, "I wish I had a twin," even though they don't know what it's like, or, "Your poor mother," which a sentiment with which I totally agree. I honestly have no clue how our mom stayed sane with three kids under 3, especially now that I have have five kids myself. That said, I always felt kind of bad for people I knew who don't have siblings close to their age, because having a sibling close in age is the best.
I have so many memories of growing up with my twin sister and our brother, who is just two years older. They were my first friends and built-in playmates, which made going to grandma's house and on long trips in the car so much more bearable. Because we were close in age we shared books, toys, and experiences. We can still recite lines from the movies we watched together, while eating frozen pizza on T.V. trays or fighting boredom over summer vacation. And even though we pretty much hated each other in high school and are as different as can be, having a twin sister meant we could share clothes and help each other with homework, even trading classes a time or two.
It wasn't always fun. I still remember how bad I felt when my sister got into show choir and I didn't, and the times when my mom made me go to school dances because my sister wanted to go. That so wasn't my scene. I also remember how frustrating it was to have to share a room with her and have little to no privacy as I grew from a child into a woman. It honestly sucked. Now as adults, though, I can honestly say that I'm glad I have siblings close in age, and even more so now that we are all parents. Here are just a few reasons why: