There is a distinct pecking order in twin esteem among those who like to peer at children. Rankings are as follows:
- Identical twin girls (theyâ€™re identical, and theyâ€™re cute little girls, probably in pink)
- Identical twin boys (ok, they are boys, but theyâ€™re still identical)
- Non-identical twins, one boy one girl (theyâ€™re not identical but at least theyâ€™ve done something interesting with one boy, one girl)
- Non-identical twin girls (ok,theyâ€™re not identical but still, theyâ€™re cute little girls) and then, finally
- Non-identical twin boys (I bet theyâ€™re IVF and thatâ€™s bad, itâ€™s cheating really).
You think I am kidding? I regularly get asked whether the boys are â€œreal twinsâ€? I say â€œyes, they were born at the same timeâ€. Then the querier likes to clarify â€œest-ce quâ€™ils sont monozygote?â€ â€œNo, theyâ€™re not monozygoteâ€. Then they look like Iâ€™ve been lying to them. One day I was waiting, with the boys, for Mr. Waffle and another woman was waiting for someone as well and she had twin boys too, born on the same day as mine. Hers were identical. A little old lady came zooming over to us and ignoring my beautiful boys, she peered at this other womanâ€™s children quivering with excitement â€œdid I hear monozygote? Est-ce quâ€™ils sont monozygote?”