Lunch-Break Miracles
By Diana Aydin

The Twin Connection

I’ve always been fascinated by twins. Probably because my sisters, Kristin and Priscilla, are fraternal twins.

They’re only a year and a half older than me, so I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on too much as a non-twin. We went to the same schools, shared the same classes and my mom dressed the three of us in matching dresses for every holiday imaginable. Still, I must admit, I’ve secretly wanted to be a twin for as long as I can remember, to experience that bond that only twins share.

When Kristin and Priscilla were little, they communicated in a special language, one that only the two of them could understand. Even today, they still have that unusual connection. They can deeply feel what the other is feeling. If Kristin is sad, Priscilla doesn’t just empathize or feel sorry for her; she actually feels that pain.

“There’s just a different level of understanding,” Priscilla told me. “If someone hurts her, they are hurting me too.”

I’ve always wondered where that “different level of understanding” comes from. And then, the other day, I got some answers. On Sunday, Kristin sent me an article about a mother who gave birth to rare identical twins. The girls, Jenna and Jillian, make up a small percentage of twins who share an amniotic sac and placenta. When doctors held them up to their parents, the girls–who were born less than a minute apart–held hands.

"They’re already best friends," their mother, Sarah Thistlethwaite, said. "I can’t believe they were holding hands. That’s amazing."

Best friends at birth. Wow. No wonder my sisters share a special bond. Like Jenna and Jillian, their connection stems from sharing one of the greatest wonders of all. The miracle of birth. To go through that–or any miracle for that matter–side by side with someone is no small feat. It’s a spiritual experience that ties you to that person forever. Linked for life.

“I know that no matter what she’s my ‘other half,’ ” Priscilla says.

“I have a buddy for everything in life,” Kristin adds.

Have you ever experienced a miracle that left you forever connected with another person? Share your story below.

Diana Aydin is an associate editor for Mysterious Ways magazine. When she was just a little kid, she got her first dose of the miraculous. She’s been on the lookout for miracles ever since. Her favorite time of the day is lunch time, when she gets to step away from the workaday world and enjoy a bit of God’s wonder, if only for an hour!

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Diana, we might not always chip in a comment on your blogs but kindly know that we always read & enjoy them soooooooo much. They always fill our hearts with joy & leave such big smiles on our faces, just like a moment ago when we saw the cute photo of your twin sisters. What's your postal address? Wish to mail you a postcard from Africa as a tiny thank you gift from us. Cheerio!

Kabira, thank you so much! I'm so, so glad you are enjoying the blog - your comment left a big smile on my face! Our postal address is 110 William St, Suite 901, NY, NY 10038 - you can send us stories to that address or mw@guideposts.org, if you ever have a story you'd like us to consider for one of our magazines :)

My sister Kris and I are identical mirror image twins. She is left handed and I am right. She is more out going and a leader and I am shyer and a follower. I have always been very hyper and she is slower moving. When we were babies she would lay across my back while I did the crawling. !Lol. We look exactly alike but have very different personallities. Being mirror image we are opposits. WE always dressed alike as kids and even now at 63 years old we will dress alike and go to town and giggle as people stop and stare. I can't imagine not being a twin. It is so, so much fun. When we were born twins were still a rarity so we are used to being looked at and whispered about and even have people come up to us and ask us how we like being twins. Our grandmmother always told about the time she saw me sitting at the table eating cheese, something I never have liked, and she said Kathy, I didnt know you liked cheese. I said well when I'm Kris I do !! LOL. There have been many, many times over the years we have felt each others pain, knew when the other one was going to call and have cooked the exact same thing for dinner without knowing what the other one was fixing. It still amazes us when things like that happen.

Kathleen, thank you for sharing such a sweet story! I imagine it must be so much fun to be a twin and have a "mirror image" :)