The end of the twin era…

I always wanted twins until I got four children at one time.

When I was young, I played with my dolls — which included Raggedy Ann and Andy, two redheaded twins named George and Georgette, and Velvet and Crissy, two dolls who could have short hair in the morning and long hair in the afternoon. I read loads of books, including The Bobbsey Twins and The Happy Hollisters series. And what I gleaned from all these forces was a desire for lot of children — and I would have welcomed identical twins (in matching clothes) among them.

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On the first Christmas after we’d added one child to the family, all the children were happy to dress like twins — as long as they got to match Adam, the baby.

I got my children the hard way — instantly, at ages 9, 8, 5, and 3 — when I married a widower. As the numbers indicate, I did not marry into twins, but I did marry into twin beds. (No, not in the bedroom I shared with my husband, thank you very much for asking; we did not take our cues from Dick Van Dyke.) We had four twins and at one point had six, when we bought our only daughter a day bed with a trundle underneath.

But we officially have reached the end of the twin era in our home. As the children have left, their beds have gone with them. While one son remains, at 6’3″ he is much happier in a full size bed. His twin bed remained a sad fixture in what has become our guest room, but as most of our guests come in pairs (or just wouldn’t mind a more spacious mattress), we replaced the lone remaining twin bed with a queen this week. It was time.

As we set aside that last twin mattress set, I realized how many sets of twin sheets I had hoarded through the years. Sets featuring Sponge Bob, dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the more modest designs were overflowing the linen closet. Were.

Goodbye, twin beds. Hello, twin grandchildren? Well, a girl can hope.

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