12 Problems Fraternal Twins Had Growing Up

12 Problems Fraternal Twins Had Growing Up

Well... let me explain to you what the word 'fraternal' means.
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1. Your mom dressed you the same.


Growing up your mom probably dressed you in the same exact outfits until you were old enough to pick out your own clothes. My mom literally bought the same outfit twice multiple times... that is dedication. I will admit our baby pictures are adorable.

2. People call you by the wrong name even though you look nothing alike.

Do we need to wear name tags? I get Ashley and Allyson both start with an A, but is it really that hard? We don't even look alike!!!!

3. "Wait... if y'all are fraternal twins why don't y'all look alike?"

My sister and I didn't understand what fraternal meant for a long time, so we tried reenacting the Parent Trap haircut scene. I ended up with a bald spot, my sister ended up with some really bad layers, and my mom ended up with a really good laugh.

6. You shared everything.

When you share a birthday, odds are you share a lot of other things, too. We shared a room, a car, friends, and even clothes. At least we had different names!

7. Your birthday parties were huge.

We would have a giant birthday party at our church building every year. We would invite every girl in our grade and have a giant sleepover. It was like the Sweet 16 parties for elementary students.

8. Everyone compares you to each other.

This one is prettier, this one is smarter, this one has more talent... blah blah BLAHHHH!!! There's always that one person that thinks it is appropriate to compare you to each other. News flash: IT'S NOT!!!

9. There comes a day when you realize you're not identical.

We tried switching places. That is when we discovered we are not identical. It was hard. It was sad. We had each other, and we survived.

10. No one believes you're actually twins.

After telling people we are twins nobody actually believes us. If we go to a restaurant and want a birthday special we have to show them our IDs because literally nobody believes we are twins.

11. Everyone expects you to be best friends.

Oh, let me tell you. Twins do have a special bond, but my twin and I have had some major throwdowns. Ask any of our friends growing up, we were animals.

12. "Oh my gosh! I have always wanted a twin!"

* uncomfortably laugh and look at each other thinking "if only they knew how annoying it can be" *

Being a twin has its pros and cons, but my twin is my partner in crime, the victim of all of my venting sessions, my built-in best friend, my wombmate, and much, much more; I wouldn't change a thing.

Me and my sis!
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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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An Open Letter To Older Brothers, With All The Things Your Younger Brothers Won't Admit

This is what everyone with older brothers won't admit, so I'll do it for us all.

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Older Brothers:

As we get older, we definitely begin to grasp at the importance of our relationship with each other. More specifically, the path of substantial growth that develops and unfolds as we get older bewilders us, yet we find ourselves elated with the direction that it is taking. Although we used to unconditionally hate each other, times change substantially the older we become.

We all truthfully appreciate the weight of the growth more than you do, and we'll explain why further in this letter alongside the stages of our relationship.

Ironically, it is very hysterical to think as far back as we can remember to when we were little kids. We definitely caused our parents to be overwhelmed with extraordinary stress, but it did not matter to us. The first stage of our relationship was as innocent and peaceful as could be, at least before the storm arrives later on. We truly appreciate engaging in nothing but fun with you. You were our first tour guide in the world, and your hobbies became ours. We could often be found disappearing into endeavors, on a life or death mission as we saw it.

Simply put, we were in it together, whatever it was.

Even with small and insignificant bickering every once in a while, it never amounted to anything terrible. All we cared about was exploding with our energy and breaking the ornery meter with you. Thank you for embracing this first stage of enjoyment with us. It seemed to pass by incredibly fast, especially with stage two of our relationship on the horizon.

Stage two was a huge love-hate time. It was also by far the most growthful and helpful time for us, even though it certainly did not seem that way. As we entered into our pre-teens and then into middle school, all we cared about was undermining you. For some reason that we really do not know how to explain, we attempted to find an edge.

Stage two of our relationship was filled with fighting that usually ended in us losing. This specifically helped us to learn how to deal with crap. You also had all your high school friends more or less beat us up. You also always expected us to be at our best. As you progressed through high school, we were beginning to learn it all. This is where the love of love-hate came into play. Although we also never explicitly understood or acknowledged it, you inspired us. Being older, you had already experienced a lot and helped us through the worst.

Stage two was definitely a rollercoaster of love-hate (more hate in our minds), but we later learned you were dope.

In the final stage of growth in our relationship, we learned that we had and have a built-in forever best friend relationship. In our late high school years, college, and beyond, we finally realized the impact you had on us. You are honestly probably happier than us that we finally grew up, but we never admit we were and are the perfect duo, two peas in a pod. We grew up together and experienced a lot. So here's to us, even though we will always be better than you.

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