While it may feel like infant twins keep you stuck at home every day, the reality is that when you do go out in public, it is usually a noteworthy adventure.
Any trip you take to the store, church, or park will merit superstar status.
1. Special Treatment
Carrying twins around, one in each arm, or pushing them in their twin stroller is a perfect way to get special treatment. People will open doors for you. Others will move out of your way. You may even be able to cut in line. Enjoy the special treatment.
2. Strangers Talk to You
Odds are you can go to the store without kids and no one even notices you. With twins, everyone (even a total stranger) is your friend and wants to ask you twenty questions about your twins. Be prepared for the same questions every time and especially ones that would seem a little private. For example, “Did you have in vitro?”
3. People Stare
Most of the time you spend in public will be with people watching your every move. They are fascinated because you and your twins are an anomaly. There are two babies. There’s a twin stroller. “Oh, how do they manage!”
4. People Point
Your mom probably told you that pointing was rude. Well, obviously there was some unwritten exemption for when you see twins. Don’t be surprised to see people across the room smiling and pointing in your direction.
5. Personal Space
Twins have some magnetic power about them that attracts complete strangers and invites said strangers to get a little too close to you and your babies. People will act like they are the twins’ own grandparents and try to tickle or pinch your twins and make cooing baby noises at short range.
If you’re not comfortable with this, be prepared to position yourself between your twins and their admirers.
6. Your Twins Are Cute
Nothing makes a twin parent more proud than having dozens of people tell you how cute your twins are. Assuming that your twins are cute (they are, right?) you’ll get public reminders of their beauty every time you go out in public.
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Many people will admire your ability to have twins and care for them. They will claim that they couldn’t do it or even give you a “God Bless You” in parting.
It is nice to be verbally recognized for the challenge of having twins. You deserve it!
Already strolling around with your twins? What do you enjoy most about the public recognition?
Picture by Ed Yourdon