It never ceases to amaze me how different my two kids are. Of course, they’re genetically just any old brother and sister, so clearly they would be two different people. But being twins, you still somehow expect them to be a bit more alike. Even if you logically know there’s no reason for it.
There are the big differences: more than four pounds apart in weight, completely different body shapes, different coloring. Their personalities are also very different from one another. My daughter is more independent and pushy. My son, though bigger, is more sensitive and cautious (sometimes).
But what has made me laugh this weekend is the small things they do differently, and make you wonder why. Clearly they’ve had the same mom this whole time, living in the same house, etc. Their environment/nurture could hardly be closer to the same. So is it really genetic that they would splash the water in the bathtub so differently? Rebecca prefers a side-to-side wave motion, which my husband thinks indicates a future breaststroker. Daniel is just straight up-and-down – maybe butterfly (or doggie paddle)? They both do the sign for “more,” but Daniel’s is like two fists banging together while Rebecca’s is little tapping fingertips.
I know there’s no particular gene sequence that determines side-to-side bathtub splashing. But isn’t it funny, the things that seem to almost randomly occur? We think so much about the influence we have on our kids. And we do have a huge influence. But then there are all these little things that you realize their little brains compute on their own, even if you’re trying to teach them the same thing at the same time.
What about you? What funny little things do your twins do completely different from one another? Or what random things do they do exactly the same?