As members of the same graduating class, it was nearly impossible not to be competitive, and by the time we left high school, we were definitely both due for some time off from all of the comparisons to one another.
It wasn’t until Clare and I went our separate ways for college — me to western New York and her to California — that I realized how fortunate I was to have a twin.
And now that we’re both out of undergrad, facing the challenges of living on our own, we’re closer than ever.
Pretty soon she’ll be moving into a house down the road from me in Syracuse and we’ll be neighbors, which I can honestly say I’m looking forward to. I never thought I’d see the day.
Just like Clare and I, the twins of F-M’s Class of 2012 have all chosen to go to different colleges, which will allow them to go off and do their own thing, and be viewed as more than just one half of a set of twins.
And when they do take on the world, they’ll have the advantage of knowing their twin is doing the same, and is just a phone call away.
And thank goodness for cell phones — for those days when ESP doesn’t seem to be working.
Ned Campbell is editor of the Eagle Bulletin. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.