i have twin two year old daughters, kathryn scarlett and caroline elizabeth. i can not figure out how they came from the same two parents, let alone shared a womb for nine months. they are exact polar opposites.
in the beginning, when we had coordinated outfits (usually one purple and one pink), my husband decided cara would wear purple and katie would have pink. for some reason, that stuck and now when you ask them what color they are, katie answers pink and cara, purple. it has gotten to the point where neither girl will use the other sister's color if given a choice (i.e. katie won't let me dry her with a purple towel after her bath. fun). in fact, when you ask them what they are, cara answers "purplicious" and katie, "pinkalicious." (we totally LOVE those books here! thanks to the authors for writing one for each girl!)
caroline is the younger of the two. she is slightly shorter (maybe an inch) and a couple pounds heavier. katie is a string bean, noticeably lighter. they have completely different builds. katie has wavy red hair. cara has stick straight brown hair.
the differences do not end with their physical appearance. jack just had his fifth birthday, so birthday party themes have been a big topic here lately. caroline frequently tells us that she wants a princess party (she has a slight princess fetish. she tells me all the time that she is a princess and that i am also a "pincess...like me!"). my darling miss scarlett, on the other hand, has decided she wants a monster party (i'm thinking maybe a fairytale party with a purple princess and a big scary dragon that doubles as a monster). dressing the girls for mother's day in their pink and purple seersucker dresses, katie INSISTED on wearing her sneakers (with her lacy socks) and cara put on her pretty ruffled sweater with her white maryjanes and ruffle socks (note the photos). on sunday, we were at my mother's for mother's day and all of the kids were playing in the yard. only one of the five asked their father to play baseball with him/her. it was katie. this morning, as i sat drinking coffee, cara asked me if she could brush my hair. i said yes and she stood on the back of my hair, hitting me in the head with a plastic brush, and asking "i do pincess hair fo you?" at thomas' communion mass, the girls came in with my mother, dressed to the nines (white organza dresses, pretty pink bows and pink maryjanes, pink satin purses). caroline was carrying her favorite baby and her purse. kathryn had her brand new home depot tool set, complete with battery-operated drill. apparently, i have one total girly-girl and one tomboy.
people frequently ask me if they do everything together and if they have their own "twin" language. umm...no. they barely speak to one another at all, let alone have a special way of speaking exclusively among themselves.
the one place where they have happened to find common ground is in the "getting in trouble" department. it's funny how they do not play together AT ALL, yet when cara decides to wash dishes with a bottle of dish detergent, katie is more than happy to join her. and when katie decides to make scrambled eggs in the dining room, cara is glad to be her sous chef (however...cara is totally picking a way fancier apron than katie is when they are cooking). and when either one of them decides to empty EVERY SINGLE article of clothing from the drawers in their bedroom, her sister's got her back.
do you think this is giving me a glimpse into the future? i can just see it now...the only time i ever find my girls out together is when i get a phone call from the police station/annoyed parent/neighbor, etc. awesome.