Quinte, On. real estate agent: Oh My, Where Did the Time Go?

Oh My, Where Did the Time Go?

Today is a very special day in my household.  November 9 is the day that we celebrate two birthdays. My son and daughter are twins, so today will be a lot of fun.


People have always asked whether twins are difficult to manage, and I would have to say that this isn't the case at all.  Beyond the first couple of years when they were babies, I would imagine that it's actually easier to raise twins.  They have always been each other's best friend, and having to arrange "play dates" is a completely foreign concept to me. Stick them in a room together and they have always been fine.



Growing up, they have always shared some interests. Boys and girls of a certain age are very similar in many ways. They both learned to ride bicycles at approximately the same time, they both became interested in music at about the same time (every once in a while I like to torment Sarah by reminding her of the time when she argued with me that the Spice Girls were the best band of all time and they would be remembered forever). There was also a time when they both really enjoyed chocolate. At times they were partners in crime (especially the time when they stole a Kinderegg from the local Kmart), and at times they prefered to tell on one another.




As they grew older their different interests emerged.  Sarah became very interested in things like horses, ballet, and things that would be considered more feminine in nature. She loved to dance and to create things and she had no end of friends that she enjoyed keeping in touch with.



Malcolm (yes, that's my son's name too) had a very brief period where he played sports and then decided he didn't enjoy them very much, so he turned his attention to music. Today he plays the guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, harmonica, and drums. Present him with an instrument, and he will figure it out in no time.


Today is their 17th birthday, and they are both in their last year of high school. Despite the fact that they are growing up, they are certainly not growing apart.



In all probability, next year will be their first year apart. Sarah plans to go to college in Ottawa to become a chef, and Malcolm will be studying in Toronto, hopefully in the jazz program at Humber college.


Whatever is in store for these two, they will always be able to count on one another's support. I could not be any prouder of these two wonderful kids.





Happy 17th Birthday Malcolm and Sarah.


Comment balloon 16 commentsMalcolm Johnston • November 09 2010 02:09PM


time does go "POOF" with the kids, doesnt it?  mine are 16 & 18 now... and it seems like yesterday that they were toddlers!

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 8 years ago

Robert, yes, it did seem to go by very quickly, it doesn't seem all that long ago at all.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

wow ... and how is Dad going to handle an empty nest next year? Your kids are adorable!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 8 years ago

Cynthia, thanks, I suspect there will be a lot of mileage on the car driving east and west.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, what an awesome tribute to your children. I hope they have a very happy Birthday.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Ellie, thanks very much, I hope they do too, it's a sushi dinner tonight.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

How beautiful Malcolm!  Hey and with one as a chef and the other as a musician, you will always be able to have dinner and a show!

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, what a great family.  I have my children all very close, except one.  They sure grow up fast.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 8 years ago

Malcolm, it seems you have done a fine job in raising your twins and sharing with them your ideas and friendship.


Posted by Ty Lacroix (Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc) over 8 years ago


All the best to Malcolm and Sarah. This is a great time for you, and the household will seem a little empty when they are off to school. Twins can be a real challenge. We have 5 children but no twins.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 8 years ago

Beautiful children indeed.

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago

Wow, Malcolm I read your post and felt the time flying by... it scares me and thrills me.  Congratulations on raising two young adults whom you are obviously and rightfully very proud of.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Children certainly enrich and expand our lives.  Love Kristen's comment regarding you will always be able to have dinner and a show.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 8 years ago

Kristen, ha, you're right, suppertime will always be a delight from then on in. From the top, Satchmo.

Kay, it did seem pretty fast.

Ty, it's their mom who did the lion's share of the hard work. She gets most of the kudos.

Brian, 5 kids? That must have taken a lot of work.  The house will seem a little empty when they are gone.

Joshua, thanks very much.

Chris, scared or not, we have no control over how fast it goes. Thank you, I'm very proud of both of them.

Norma, not only enrich and expand, but they practically give it it's entire meaning. Yeah, I thought that was a cool comment too.




Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 8 years ago

Malcolm - a belated Happy 17th Birthday to Malcolm and Sarah. ..... Our Twins are quite a few years older than yours but I certainly remember the early years and how they were and still are each others best friends ..... twins share some very unique connections ..... our girls had their own language that they spoke to each other and seemed to understand perfectly long before they were 'talking' ..... they even feel each others pain regardless of the distance between them.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Malcolm - Happy Birthday to your two beautiful teens! The time does indeed pass all too quickly and suddenly they are grown! My 'baby' turned 30 last month!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 8 years ago