This morning while Rio was in preschool we took the boys out shopping and as always there was a lot of admiring happening. The sight of twins is like a jolt of happiness for everyone in their path; people can't help but smile when they see them! Of course it is the same comment every time about how busy I must be, but my favourite to hear is how lucky I am. The classic is hearing anecdotes about *insert name of random friend or family member who had twins*, and I always nod and smile like it is the first time I have had this conversation when in fact it goes the same every time!
I always hear about twin moms who get really rude comments like "better you than me" and thankfully I have never (so far) had a reaction like that because I think I would punch them in the teeth. I have been asked on occasion whether we used fertility treatments. Whether we did or didn't (we didn't) HOW, perfect stranger in the grocery store, is that any of your business and why on earth does the answer matter?!
Anyway, today that never came up. Everyone just commented on how cute and quiet they are. The sweetest old woman stopped to talk and told me she was a former obstetrics nurse and she had seen over 5000 births! She asked if I had any other children and I told her about Rio. She put her hand on my arm and said "Dear, you have a perfect family".
Indeed, I do.