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.