Sunday, August 19, 2012

Conversations Like This Happen

A couple of weeks ago, Nathan and I went to the grocery store in order to load up on various baby essentials. We purchased the usual: wipes, fruits and vegetables to make baby food, jars of premade baby food, bibs, and baby powder. As we went to check out, I noticed the cashier taking in all of the baby paraphernalia. She jokingly said, "Do you have a baby?"

 The following conversation then occurred:

Me: "We actually have two babies. Twins. It's pretty awesome."
Cashier: "Oh twins? Really? That's cool. Are they boys or girls?"
Me: "Identical boys."
Cashier: "Oh neat."
Me: "Yep. It's pretty great."

----- 5 minutes pass as the cashier continues to scan all of our items-----

She then very casually states, "So...I'm a twin."
Me (laughingly): "Really!? Wow. That is so cool. Why didn't you say so sooner!?"
Cashier: "I don't know. I guess I don't really think about it much."
Me: "Oh."
Cashier: "Yeah. My brother and I are identical twins, too."


Me (somewhat awkwardly): "Oh. That's really cool."
Cashier: "Yeah. We look so much alike. We love all the same things and used to do everything together."
Me: "That's so awesome. Maybe you'll have twins one day! You actually have a higher chance of having them then most people."
Cashier: "Oh no. That'd be awful....and I'm pretty sure that if you are a twin that there is no chance you can have twins. Twins don't really run in families."
Me: "Actually, they do. I know a few women who have a twin sibling that have twins themselves. With fraternal twins, there is a higher probability because releasing more than one egg is genetic. Identical twins are a random thing, but my husband's great grandmother, grandmother and aunt also have identical twins, so who knows really? Maybe some identical twins are genetic, too."
Cashier: "I really hope not. That'd be so horrible."
Me (wishing I could leave): "Yeah. I guess it isn't for everyone, but we really love having twins."
Cashier: "Yeah. Glad someone enjoys them. I bet you're so glad you didn't have triplets."

Conversation ends.

We finally get to leave.

So yes. Conversations like this do happen.


  1. I honestly had no clue until you had yours. I just never thought about it. I also know a fraternal twin that just had fraternal twins. How'd that happen!??!

  2. Seriously?? Seriously?? Ah, Othello. And also, just crazy people, right?? That's so funny. At first I thought that maybe she meant to say fraternal, but then it was clear she was just wacko. Especially mentioning several times how horrible it would be. Honestly, lady. This whole exchange is hilarious.

  3. Yep, I had a similar conversation with a girl in my office. She said something about boy/girl twins being identical, and I was like, "Um, really? How is that possible, "insert name of crazy person"? They are different genders!" Haha! I love talking to dumb people...makes me feel smarter! ;-)

  4. Ummmmmmm, how ridiculous did her parents have to be to not inform their children that they are in fact fraternal and NOT identical? Open a science book honey. Oh dear. And how awkward of a conversation! Why would she go from saying "Oh you having twins is cool" to "Yeah, I'm a twin", then inferring that she is part of a said awesome duo to "Having twins would be horrible"??????? Somebody needs therapy.

  5. I bet she doesn't even have a twin... she sounds really confused.

  6. HAHAHA! I laughed out loud, and I am also really confused. Why are people so stupid?!


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