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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Identical Twins & Their Special Bonds

Aloha Everyone,

My Mother’s younger brothers were identical twins. They had strong physical resemblance, spoke in similar, easy manners with baritone voice and they both enjoyed baseball games. There was a period when one lived in the United States and the other was in Japan, but their special ties were unbreakable. If one became ill, the other one became ill an ocean away. When my uncles were reunited in the United States, they chose to live on the same street across from one another.

When J.J. and I lived n the Philippines, we had a set of identical twins among our household staff. They were very attentive and gentle with our young sons.  Some people warned us not to hire them. They cautioned us that if we are unhappy with one, we might lose both of them. Fortunately, Ana and Clara were jewels to have around. I recall that I only had to give instructions to one of them and via movements of their eyes and slight gestures, our wishes were conveyed to the other without uttering sounds. Our friends who frequently came over were impressed how quiet Ana & Clara were.

The chances of having identical twins is about 33.7 per 1,000 births. (Data obtained from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.) Identical twins at birth are always the same sex, either both boys or both girls).

In the Unwanted & Unwanted Quest series by Lisa McCann, which I just finished reading, the main characters are identical twin boys in the first series and identical twins girls in the second series. Psychological torments between the good and evil, selfish or compassionate characteristics of one twin vs the other are skillfully illustrated.

Aloha -- Cathi