Don't get me wrong, I love talking about my kids and will gladly answer questions. I get it - twins are freaks of nature! Quite literally, only 0.4% of births are identical twins so it's not surprising people are fascinated (source: Australian Twin Registry 2014). But when you have the same conversation with at least 10 people a day, you get creative with the response. Here are a few of my favourites:
Can you tell your twins apart?
A girl and a boy?
Which one looks like a girl? Only more annoying if they ask simultaneously whether they are also identical. Boys have penises, girls have vaginas. Not identical. Glad we cleared that up.
Was it IVF?
Thanks for asking, I was hoping to have this conversation with you. Yes, it was actually. But they only implanted one embryo which happened to split so we really did get two babies for the price of one.
Do twins run in your family?
Yes, but it’s besides the point (see answer to question above).
Do they have different personalities?
Yes, one likes banana the other likes oranges. The rest is basically the same.
How do you survive?! I would hate to have twins!
Well, lucky my twins chose me and not you to be their mother. To be honest, I don’t really have much choice other than to survive. I’m sure you’d do the same if you were the chosen one.
Which is the happier twin?
I’m sorry, do you not understand how emotions work? Sometimes you feel happy and other times you feel sad. Same goes for them.
Which twin do you love more?
Next time you come across a mother of twins, perhaps just tell her she’s a super-mum and you’ll make her day.