Twinfest! A Celebration of Twin Togetherness

Since there are very few gatherings of adult twins, in my presentations, I customarily speak to parents of multiples. So, it was quite a pleasure and an honor to talk to an audience of adult twins who had gathered at the University of Washington to celebrate TwinFest!—the first annual celebration for twins who participate in the university’s Twin Registry.

I spoke about my research, my philosophy, and my own experiences of being a twin. I shared how my twin sister, Jane, and I are alike: we are both obsessed with finding the most delicious chocolate chip cookie, we both love Labradors, and we both enjoy traveling. However, I also talked about the inconsequential and important ways in which we are different.

At this gathering, I took delight in seeing how happy the twins felt in each other’s company. Some of them had not seen one another for quite a while. TwinFest! gave these twins the opportunity to spend time together, much like a class reunion. Perhaps, too, without the presence of their spouses and children, these adult twins were really able to enjoy each other without having to worry that their twinship was exclusionary or proprietary.

During my presentation, I loved the fact that I received an unexpected round of applause after I answered a question about the inequities of twin labeling. I also appreciated the questions from several pairs of twins who planned to attend separate colleges, asking for advice on how to best handle this transition.

I am looking forward to going to Twinsburg for the annual Twins Day festivities in August. There is always more to learn and to enjoy through attending these types of events.

Have you ever gone to an adult twins gathering? Please share your stories below.

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  1. I attended the UW TwinFest and got to see you speak! It was so exciting to see so many sets of identical twins. It seems funny to be excited to see other twins, when I grew up alongside my own identical twin sister.

    • I can understand why it is exciting to be around other twins even though you grew up alongside your twin.
      Their is such a shared sense of camaraderie being around others with whom you identify.
      It feels liberating not having to explain yourself; there is a sense of feeling understood and recognized.
      Thanks for getting in touch.

  2. Joani Glasser

    I was at the Twinfest with my twin sister and our husbands came as well. We loved the event and being with other twins, so many adults dressed like their twin or triplet. I have always said that being a twin is the greatest blessing in life. While you discussed many of the down sides of being a twin, I don’t agree. We have our individual lives, interests, strengths and weaknesses. We support each other in every situation. No one can take that place. We a re always there for each other.
    On another note, I am curious why the photo on this blog appears to be the arch in St. Louis.
    Univ. of Washington is in Seattle. That is where the Twinfest took place. Maybe a picture of the Space Needle would be more Seattle!

    • Dear Joani,
      Thank you for writing. Yes, you are absolutely correct that the photo does not
      represent Seattle and I will need to change that. I am very happy for you that being a twin has been such a blessing.
      I am confident that the majority of twins feel as you do. However, I am passionate about giving a voice to those other
      twins who have not been as fortunate. Our culture does not give twins permission to talk about some of the difficulties twins feel having been raised as a pair or unit. My hope is to bring these issues out in the open so that they can be discussed and reworked.

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