Some people find themselves confusing my twins. It usually doesn’t last more than a few hours of interaction, since they’re not shy when it comes to correcting people, have distinct haircuts, dress differently, and have rather different personalities.
Last night, I discovered an altogether new level of confusion.
A friend and I were going to slip out to dinner, leaving our kids with her husband. Since my daughters are offered their evening meal at afterschool care, but don’t always eat it, I asked them whether they’d eaten. They both reported that they had, so I didn’t worry about it.
As I was pulling up to my friend’s house, M suddenly spoke up. “Oh! I didn’t eat dinner.”
“But,” I replied, confused, “you told me you did.”
“I know. I confused myself with J.”
“You thought you were J?”
“I thought I’d eaten dinner because she’d eaten dinner, but now I realize that she isn’t me.”
I can’t begin to comprehend how two people can have this degree of interconnectedness.
Have your multiples ever been similarly confused? Is this a thing, or do I simply have the oddest children ever?
Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has been coordinating How Do You Do It? since late 2012. She is the divorced mother of 7-year-old monozygotic twins, M and J. She lives with them and their 3 cats in the Austin, TX suburbs and works full time as a business analyst. She retired her personal blog, Double the Fun, but now also blogs at Adoption.com and Multicultural Mothering.