As a general rule, I just love sharing my babies with the world. I love the sweet smiles and ooh’s and goo’s. And although the “Wow! You’ve got your hands full!” and “Double trouble!” comments get a little old after a while, I ultimately still just beam when people comment on the girls.
But seeing a couple of cute little babies seems to have a really strange effect on some folks…it seems to make them open their mouths and say things that don’t really make sense, or are otherwise just plain rude.
On several occasions, people have asked me, “Are they natural?” Folks are obviously referring to the conception of the girls, given the heightened awareness of fertility treatments these days. I have a couple of preferred responses to this one, depending on the audience.
For the nosy person who should really mind her own business, I’ll remark, “Yep! They’re 100% human!”
And for the little old lady (who should also mind her own business, by the way), I’ll lament, “Unfortunately, I had to have a c-section.”
Both responses usually take people off guard. Some really persistent people will try to explain what they meant. Others just give me a puzzled look, usually followed by a sympathetic smile. Perhaps they assume I’m a little off-kilter myself, my brain surely about to short-circuit from the stress of twins.
The craziest comment I have gotten to date was from a waiter at a restaurant, when my husband and I had the girls out for lunch a couple of months ago. He said, “Wow, twins?” Yes, they are. “Are they both yours?”
Not just, “Are they yours?”, which would be a strange enough question (and one that I’ve gotten a couple of times…why I would be lugging around someone else’s twins, I don’t know). But by definition (save for some really bizarre reproductive snafu), twins generally go together…as in, where one belongs, so does the other.
I just had to laugh. We got extra good service that meal, though. He was probably worried his goofiness would affect his tip.
If things weren't interesting enough being out and about with twins, I can usually depend on the general public for a good chuckle now and again.
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