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Return of the Wonder Twins

When Big and the Princess were little, I called them the Wonder Twins. They’re not twins. They’re not even technically Irish Twins – they missed that by 19 days – but they’re close enough. And the two of them together…..yeah…..two creative, intelligent, mischievous minds working together to cause as much chaos in my world as possible. I couldn’t mentally keep up with the two of them. I believe I’ve shared some of their earlier antics – him cutting all her hair off twice, running away while I was feeding their brand new baby brother, finger painting with baby shampoo all over their bedroom floors (carpeted), unraveling an entire Costco-size package of toilet paper and tossing another package of toilet paper into my full jacuzzi bathtub, making a mud pit in our backyard and basically bathing in it, climbing up on top of the fridge to reach the candy I’d hidden up there…..They work well together, what can I say?

They’d veered away from creative disasters in recent years. They do have a special relationship, though. That’s never really changed. They are both in high school together this year, and now that Big Man has his driver’s license, they have a bit of freedom away from us they hadn’t had before. I’m seeing a return of the Wonder Twins, and I’m a wee bit terrified of what they might get up to.

They are GOOD kids – both in honors and AP classes, involved in sports and other activities. They have good friends. But I remember that feeling of newly-gained freedom in high school, and I see the writing on the wall. They talk with each other about things they don’t even tell us. They have each other’s backs, for the most part. They move in relatively different circles at school, but they do have some friends that overlap.

I got completely bent the other day when I thought they might be covering for each other. I’ll admit – I’m paranoid. I was a supremely boring kid in high school – never broke the rules, never even thought about it. I was where I was supposed to be, when I was supposed to be there, always (okay, I did skip a few classes senior year, but that’s about it as far as being a rule-breaker). I was basically a nerd. I didn’t party. I did what I was supposed to do, what I was expected to do. But I do  know what my brother and sister got up to, so I’m scared – scared I’ll miss something, so we do keep a watchful eye on them. I don’t expect them to be as boring as I was, but neither do I want them ending up in situations we can’t get them out of.

My point is, my Wonder Twins are back. It’s fun and amazing to watch, but it’s also terrifying in a good way. They’re there for each other, thank god. But look out school – who knows what these two will do.

6 thoughts on “Return of the Wonder Twins

  1. They are lucky to have each other, and a Mom like you. It may not always seem like it, but if things go south believe me one if not both will come to you. Pay attention to little yet unusual comments, sometimes to keep their bond strong they use small hints or slips and the, I didn’t tell, Mom figured it out. Never pin them against each other with the, your brother or sister said. I’m sure you know all this already having made it into their teenage years. 🙂

  2. I see the same in mine. They were thick as thieves when they were younger. Now that they’re finishing up 5th and 6th they’ve pulled apart a bit, and they look at me like I’m nuts when I say there’ll come a day when they’ll tell each other things they don’t tell me. I just keep telling myself that they’re good kids and hopefully they’ll keep each other out of too much trouble.

    • Mine definitely have their own groups but are still close and rely upon each other. It was hard for both of them last year to be at separate schools. They do have their disagreements and differences of opinion, but they are definitely a pair.

      • This was our year to straddle elementary & middle — next year they’ll both be back in the same school, which should be pretty interesting when it comes to 7th and 8th graders.
        I love reading your blog, and your comments on mine are so insightful. Momhood is full of crazy; I love finding another mom who admits to that!
        I’ve nominated you for the Blogger Recognition award. Details are here: https://riddlefromthemiddle.com/2017/04/13/rftm-sunshine-on-an-april-morning/

      • Oh my goodness! Thank you! Momhood is full of crazy. Those who are “perfect” at it intimidate me. I like the ones best who are honest about the crazy as well as those moments we actually shine.

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