On Thursday afternoon, much-loved TV host Rebecca Judd gave birth to two healthy twin boys, Tom and Darcy.
Before she met them, they’d already spent nine months together. They’d shared a womb and grown side by side, entering the world completely unaware of what life would be like without the other. At just one day old, they have a bond not even their mother can understand.
But their unique entry to life means they’ll face challenges and have experiences other people will never know.
You see, I’m a twin too. For almost 26 years I’ve lived alongside my sister Jessie, who is a little bit taller, a little bit more confident, and 20 minutes younger than I am. I also have twin brothers, two years younger than my sister and I. Jack and Nick were named after dad’s favourite golfer Jack Nicklaus, but have absolutely no interest in golf. Parents are weird like that.
Hear Clare talk about being a twin with her twin Jessie on the latest episode of This Glorious Mess:
So being the expert in twin-ness that I am, I want to say a few things to Tom and Darcy. From twin to twin. Because even though they can’t talk yet, I know that one day they’ll understand.
You're the best friends you'll ever have.
Every set of twins is different, but you'll never find a friend like your twin. He'll be on your side, even when you're completely in the wrong, he'll care about your stories, even when they're really, really boring, and he'll laugh at your jokes, because sometimes he'll be the only one who gets them.
You have the unimaginably special experience of having someone with you on your first day of school to tell you not to cry. You have someone who will always look out for you, and always include you - they'll choose you to be on their team every single time.