15 Common Questions Fraternal Twins Always Hear, Answered

15 Common Questions Fraternal Twins Always Hear, Answered

Ever wonder what it's like to be a twin?

Ever wonder what it's like to have a twin?

Well, I had my friends send me question's they've always to know and...

I answered them!

1. Are you two dating?

No. Just because I do not look like my twin doesn't mean that we are dating. He is my twin brother, not my boyfriend. Please stop asking this question. We are related. We don't look alike. We share a last name.

2. Who's Older?

In my case, I am older by a minute. But, in all reality, we were born at the same time. Most twins really don't care about it unless it's close to there birthday. Being older doesn't matter that much to me. Most of the time he acts like the older one.

3. Is The twin bond real?

Yes, yes it is! It is real and deep! So Deep! So Real! So HARD to deal with!

4. Can you feel each other's pain?

Most of the time I can't feel his pain. If something big happens I usually get a weird gut feeling but that's about it. I used to feel more things when I was younger but I think I grew out of it. But if you hit him, I'll hit you! And I can always tell when something big happens. I usually get nauseous... It's weird!

5. Really? You two don't look alike.

Yes, I'm sure! Twins can be Identical or Fraternal and I am a fraternal twin which means we don't look alike. Identical vs. Fraternal... look at #14

6. Do you like the same foods?

We have similar tastes but I like some foods he doesn't and vice versa. Two very different people!

7. Can you read each other's minds?

As much as I want this to be true, it isn't. I really wish I could read his mind! I want this superhero power so bad.

8. Do you have your own language?

We do not, but sometimes he'll give me a glace and I'll understand what it means. It's like when your parents give you the "don't do that" look.

9. What's it like being a twin?

It's like having any other sibling, we just share a birthday. It's really hard to explain! Don't get upset when I'm vague.

10. Do you finish each other's sentences?

In my 18 years of being a twin this has never ever happened to me. And it never will...;(

11. Why aren't you guys like the same person?

Because he's a male, and I'm a female... That's a big difference. Also, two people can never be 100% the same.

12. Oh WOW! I would never have guessed? Does he/she go to the same school?

I'm glad you wouldn't have guessed it! And he's in Texas, here's a picture! We never planned on going to the same College, we got our wings and are flying!

13. Why don't you believe the same things?

Because we are two separate people who formulate our own thoughts and opinions on our own. This creates the same lovely banter that all siblings have.

14. Why aren't you identical?

There are two kinds of Twins, Identical and Fraternal. Identical twins look alike and were a single egg that split into two. Fraternal twins do not usually look like, and were two separate eggs that were fertilized at the same time. #biology

15. Why didn't you go to the same college?

Because we didn't. Yes, it's weird not seeing him every day but you get used to it after a while. And when I miss his face I snap him! But I do miss him...

I guess you can say being a twin is really hard to explain. But I hope I was able to answer just a few of your most burning questions.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.

It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Class Size May Matter, But Accountability Matters More

If students take the time to think, they will realize their own potential.

When it comes to the topic of education, decisions are often made, but not quite acted upon. On the left, we have advocates that look to fund the educational system in hope of bettering the kids’ futures. On the right, education is addressed with a degree of leniency, paired with more of an advocacy for occupational programs and trade schools.

One of the more frequently debated matters regarding education, more specifically K-12, is classroom size. For many schools, a lack of funding has caused many teachers to quit; consequentially, with less teachers, more students, inevitably, have to cram into the same classroom. The student-teacher ratio, in some schools, has gone beyond 30:1. In some cases, the overcrowding issue for a classroom is so profound that a student doesn’t have his or her own desk to sit in.

Due to this notice of classroom size increase, in correlation with declining academic performance, a considerable majority of education reformers believe that the classroom size increase is more of causation. The only issue with this argument, however, is that for a contributing factor to constitute causation, it must be the sole reason that another variable must occur. With correlation, however, there are multiple variables (more than two) that can occur within a specific time span. These variables could potentially influence one another’s behavior, but never fully dictate the outcome.

What the common argument fails to account for is accountability itself. Accountability is not something that is taught in the classroom, nor should it be. This is a crucial part to a child’s success, both in the classroom, and in real life. A perfect example of this is within a lecture hall. In a lecture hall, you could have upwards of more than 150 students in the same room, listening to and meticulously noting all of the essential details to a professor’s lecture. It is up to the student to learn the material with the tools they are given, not the teacher to hold their hand through the class.

The only responsibility of any teacher or instructor is to provide the appropriate materials and knowhow for the student to guide themselves. This prepares the student for more rigorous learning material and tasks, resulting in more favorable opportunities, both scholastic and occupational.

For the teacher to implement the right tools, however, requires that the student can and will hold themselves accountable for their success in the course. Such accountability falls back on the basis of good parenting. As education has shifted, the blame of failure for a student in a class also shifted.

The shift has taken place from the student losing their privileges and extracurricular activities, to the teacher potentially losing their job (which is especially daunting with the threat of new teachers not obtaining tenure). With the latter portion of the Millennial Generation, along with Generation Z, parents bearing excessive leniency and overall apathy have made for a widespread mindset that fails to take responsibility for itself.

It’s time for parents to be accountable for their kids, and for the kids to be accountable for their own success. A system is only as useful as those that utilize it.

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