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Why Twins Are A Blessing


Today’s post is an oldie but a goodie from the day I realized how blessed I really am.

While I always knew how lucky I was to have twins, our walk today confirmed it.  Twins really are a blessing.  It was a very welcome reminder because sometimes when you are so busy changing diapers and cleaning up messes you forget to see the forest through the trees.

I think of myself as an average normal mom, but the truth is I am unique (we all are in our own ways).

It started with a nice old woman who stopped to say hi to the girls, who obliged her with big smiles. She then addressed Sawyer and said he was such a nice big brother and what a lovely family we were. She told me about her three grandkids (two boys and a girl).

Many more smiles and comments from people (mostly elderly) later, it ended with an elderly man with a cane who shared the elevator with us. He smiled and cooed at June and greeted Sawyer. Getting off, he held the door and as I thanked him, he thanked me for letting him see the girls. He said he had six grandkids of his own and they were his world.

As we walked home it hit me, how lucky I really am (and believe me I have always felt grateful for my kids).

Seeing the gleam in the eyes of so many seniors at the sight of the twins made me realize I was doing something right. I mean, they have lived a lot more life than me and they are older and wiser. And the fact that they love and value seeing my kids so much tells me that I made a good choice.

If you are a regular reader you will know that I never really wanted kids. Well, I was open to it, but it wasn’t something I gave much thought to.

Then one day I did.

I was always super career orientated and I have had to make sacrifices for the life I have now.

But that gleam, their stories, prove to me that nothing is more important than family. Everything in life will come and go, and it can be dangerous to build your identity around fleeting ideas. Family is family, it’s work, it’s love, but it’s not a regret.

When (if) I get old and grey, I know it will make me happy to know what an impact I have made on my kids lives and hopefully their kids, just like my mother and grandmother have on me. If I can think of one meaningful reason in life, it would be that.

Mommy loves you Sawyer, Sansa and June.

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About Shannon

I am a university educated full-time working mother of four children. Proudly Canadian, I freeze my butt off along with my loving partner, two dogs and a cat. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I love writing them, but if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.


9 thoughts on “Why Twins Are A Blessing

  1. Nice post. Like you, I also experienced a complete shift in priorities since having my first child – and I agree that parenting is much more rewarding than any career. Having said that, I expect that one day the pendulum will swing the other way again. At some point, whether its when my kids are in school all day, become withdrawn tweens, or even leave home, I will probably struggle to define my identity once “mommyhood” is not the dominant theme.

    Posted by lovelylesley7 | February 23, 2014, 11:08 am
    • I think it’s all about balance. While I am a mom, I also have a career, I take care of myself and I see myself as an individual. That doesn’t mean my kids aren’t my #1 priority it just means I have learned over the years that you can’t be consumed ny just one thing. So often I forget I am also a partner in a relationship and that needs work too 🙂 thanks for commenting.

      Posted by Shannon | February 23, 2014, 12:24 pm
  2. My mother loved having twin girls! Such a blessing.

    Posted by Cate Pane: The Clear Parent | February 23, 2014, 3:41 pm
  3. Well said!

    Posted by linbritt | February 24, 2014, 6:14 am
  4. Lovely post – thank you for sharing! 🙂

    Posted by Laurel Regan | February 25, 2014, 3:34 pm
  5. I have a twin sister and I’m really moved by this post. I think my mother, too, was proud having us (twins) and even prouder with all of us (7 children). I am now trying to emulate what my mother has taught us, though not everything, but I think she did a good job in raising us. My twin and I are very close and we share a bond that no other (or so we thought) sister/brother have. I’d say your twins will be as close as hands and feet someday! Blessings!

    Posted by writatime | February 25, 2014, 9:54 pm

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