Last week, one of my twins Alex was complaining about the tag in his t-shirt. I proceeded to show both boys that everyone has tags in their shirts. I thought it would be easier for Alex to accept the tag if he understood it. But how do you explain tags and sizes to a 2.5 year old? I told them the tag said 2 because it is for a two year old. I asked Nate, “How old are you?” He had a blank look on his face so I said, “How many are you?” He smiled and said, “Twins!”
This was a big shock because we almost never call them twins. We call them brothers. My husband and I never discussed this out loud, but considering the boys just learned the phrase “garbage disposal” last week, we did not think they were old enough to understand the difference between twins and brothers.
I asked Nate who said he was a twin and he said it was their day care teacher. Since Nate brought it up, I said, “Yes you and Alex are twins. Twin means Nate and Alex have the same birthday. Nate’s birthday is Alex’s birthday. Alex’s birthday is Nate’s birthday.”
Nate thought about it then said, “I want to eat birthday cake.” Alex said, “I want birthday cake too.”
Just as I thought. Clearly not ready to understand their twinness.