When my twins were born, I became the mother of five children ages five and under. I could have charged admission to the circus that was my life. Every day events like going to the grocery store drew attention. I couldn’t pick up bananas without being accosted by elderly women who hadn’t seen anything interesting on Oprah that day. They considered it their civic duty to find out what kind of crazy person would venture down the produce aisle with two carts and five children in tow.
Over the years, I’ve gotten pretty good at answering the questions. In fact, I’ve heard the same ones so often, I thought I could just make a T-shirt to summarize everything anyone might want to know. It would read something like this:
1) Yes, they’re all mine.
2) 9, 7, 5, and 3.
3) Girl, boy, girl, boy, boy.
4) Yes, I’m sure they’re twins. I was there.
5) They’re not identical?! Gosh, I can see why you’re disappointed about that.
6) Nope, their names don’t rhyme.
7) I can’t tell you if they have a secret language because then it wouldn’t be a secret.
8) Yes, we’ve figured out how I keep getting pregnant.
9) I’m not sure, but if we do decide to have more, you’ll be the first to know.
10) I think they’re crying because we’re no longer moving.
11) Yes, I’d love to hear a lengthy story about someone you know who is/has/married/or went to school with a twin. That’s why I came to the grocery store.
It’s kind of awkward to end with eleven answers. People expect nice, round numbers, especially on T-shirts. So if I could, I’d answer one more question, the question no one ever really asks. I hear it, though, in whispers as I walk by, or in the tone some people take when they ask me if all these children are mine, or in the way some exclaim, “I’m glad it’s you and not me!”
What they really want to know is, “Don’t you wish you didn’t have so many children?” or perhaps, “Don’t you wish you had a more exciting life?”
So in answer to the questions no one asks, here it is:
12) Yes, I’m busy. Sometimes I’m very tired. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Above all, I am a woman who has been greatly blessed. I find great joy in using words to capture the blessings of the everyday, to savor the sweetness of the simple things, and to preserve the beauty of a life with my Five in Tow. Thank you for joining me on the journey.
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