Lives of Identical Twins Intertwine, but may Diverge

Rachel Prate , Journalism 1 reporter

If you had 1,000 deliveries in a hospital, three of them would be of identical twins. Fraternal twins, on the other hand, would be a whopping 22 deliveries, according to Live Science.

Fraternal twins are a pair of genetically distinct twins and not necessarily of the same gender or more similar in appearance. Identical twins are a pair of twins who are alike in all genetic characteristics and typically very similar in appearance.

An identical twin in a school is most likely going to get called their twin’s name. It can happen daily, and sometimes more than once a day.

I hope we stay close.

— senior Hope Klamm

“I probably get called my twin at least four or five times a day. It was really bothering me in elementary school or early middle school. But then I just got used to it,” said senior Faith Klamm, twin to Hope Klamm.

Most people assume twins like to be in the same classes or see each other in school.

Sophomore Ethan Olmedo, twin to Jacob Olmedo said, “Sometimes I enjoy being around him, sometimes I don’t.”

Both Ethan and Jacob play baseball together, and they play video games together. But in school, it’s a different story. Ethan takes higher level classes than Jacob, and they take different language classes. Ethan takes Spanish while Jacob takes French.

Whenever someone has twins, people might say, “Well, I’m guessing they have to share everything.” But surprisingly, most twins don’t share everything. Lots of twins said they don’t share Christmas gifts.

“Some things we share if it’s for our room like, room decorations. But most of the time, we get separate gifts,” said senior Hope Klamm.

They might annoy each other hourly, argue daily, or fight weekly. In the end, twins will often stay connected whether they are living together, or on opposite sides of the country.

Both Faith and Hope Klamm said they are interested in the same colleges. But even if they end up having different jobs, they said they will try to never drift apart.

“I hope we stay close. I think it would be good for us to split a little bit, but I still hope we can always talk to each other,” said senior Hope Klamm.