Questions For Triplets

TripletsPostPic02There’s one fact about me that really seems to excite people when they find out about it.

I am a triplet.

Now, I know of at least two other people who find it as equally uninteresting as I do, however, I also know of a ton more people that find it completely spellbinding. All my life there has been excitement over the fact that I’m a triplet and if you ask me, that’s nuts.

People tend to ask really ridiculous questions. For instance, after finding out that two of my siblings and I, two girls and a boy, make up a set of triplets, we still get the coveted, “Are you guys like…identical?” Just to clear that up…no. No, we are not. My sister has brown hair, I have blonde hair, and my brother…well he has a penis.

Then there’s the ever so popular telepathy question. Once, my brother and I made up a series of questions and answers for the question, “Can you read each others’ minds?” For example, I would say to the inquisitor, “OK, tell me to pick a number and I’ll bet Alex can tell you what number I’m thinking of.” Of course we’d already have it planned out in our super-technical, brilliant plan what number we would pick and had a set order of numbers for when they would ask us like circus freaks to do it again. We would proceed to boggle the minds of our classmates and parents friends, and yes, most of the time- our elders and honestly, it was pretty entertaining and I’m not sure why we stopped.

But truthfully, Alex, Rachel, and I do not have telepathy and I’ll bet if you ask them if we do, they’ll say no too.

But the one question that we get most often is, “What’s it like being a triplet?”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand that you don’t meet a triplet every day and it’s at least a little bit interesting. But what kind of question is that? I’d bet anything nobody asks you what it’s like being a “singleton” (yes, that’s the real term. I looked it up.) When people ask me what it’s like to be a triplet, I almost always just respond, “I don’t know. What’s it like not being a triplet?”

It’s a tough question to answer because I’ve been a triplet ever since I can remember. I’d like to think that it’s just like having other siblings that are close to your age. I have an older brother, Jon, and my relationship with him is pretty similar to my relationship with my brother and sister who are my age. (Sidenote: Twins have it so easy. They can just say, “my twin and I are doing this, etc.” But if I said “My triplets and I etc.”…it just sounds wrong.)

The three of us are different from each other, have different interests, hobbies, etc. Believe it or not, a response I get often when I say I’m a triplet is “So there are three of you!?” No. There is one of me. There is one Rachel and there is one Alex.

I hope to enlighten past and future triplet inquisitors all over the world. Sure we are statistically special, but in reality we’re no different than any other person you’ll ever meet.

Although my siblings and I get a lot of kicks and giggles from the ignorant questions we get, I am formally asking you, reader, to think before you ask. Realize that a boy will not- CAN not- be identical to a girl. Realize that telepathy is only a gift that Jedis have. And most of all, realize that triplets are just three babies born at the same time who, 18 years later, will have a really easy time doing icebreaker activities at college orientation.

 

If you enjoyed this story, you might enjoy reading about how a Pokemon card turned one brother and sister’s rivalry into a tight-knit relationship. (Spoiler alert: They still can’t read each other’s minds).

If you like reading about look-a-like’s you might enjoy reading about Justin’s celebrity sightings at numerous museums.

Grace Bleiweis About Grace Bleiweis

I was born on a Thursday. I don’t remember this Thursday, I’ve just been told it was, in fact, a Thursday. 17 years later I went to school in Ithaca, NY. I say this because it gives me a chance to sound like I went to an Ivy League school for about five seconds before I have to say, “No, not Cornell. The other one.” I studied television production at Ithaca College which is basically the most fun anyone can have and still call it school. I love being creative. I’m addicted to lip balm. I love buffalo wings. I like the summer olympics more than the winter olympics. I am a Virgo. I enjoy walks on the beach, but not long ones because then it makes it that much harder for you to find your towel and your whole set up. And they say look for your umbrella, but we all buy the beach umbrellas from the same kinds of stores so there are about fifty that look like yours and you think you’ve made it back to your family and a chair, only to discover that is not your family and they don’t appreciate you sitting in their chair. I love making people laugh on purpose. And I often wonder…Most of the time I share my wonderings with the world at @coupdegraceb

Grace Bleiweis About Grace Bleiweis

I was born on a Thursday. I don’t remember this Thursday, I’ve just been told it was, in fact, a Thursday. 17 years later I went to school in Ithaca, NY. I say this because it gives me a chance to sound like I went to an Ivy League school for about five seconds before I have to say, “No, not Cornell. The other one.” I studied television production at Ithaca College which is basically the most fun anyone can have and still call it school. I love being creative. I’m addicted to lip balm. I love buffalo wings. I like the summer olympics more than the winter olympics. I am a Virgo. I enjoy walks on the beach, but not long ones because then it makes it that much harder for you to find your towel and your whole set up. And they say look for your umbrella, but we all buy the beach umbrellas from the same kinds of stores so there are about fifty that look like yours and you think you’ve made it back to your family and a chair, only to discover that is not your family and they don’t appreciate you sitting in their chair. I love making people laugh on purpose. And I often wonder…Most of the time I share my wonderings with the world at @coupdegraceb

  • disqus_3Vs4o7QtRn

    Great piece! So true and funny!

    • Grace Bleiweis

      Thanks!

  • Brandi Huff

    This is great! I am a triplet mom of 2 year olds…also girl girl boy and I gey asked if they are identical a lot and although I try to remain positive, if you catch me on an off day, I have been known to say “why yes they are…my girls have penises” thanks for your perspective 🙂

    • TheBigMilkshake

      Wow, Brandi, you have your hands full. We all have days like that, although most of us don’t have triplets. Thanks for sharing.

    • Grace Bleiweis

      I’m glad I could help out! If you need any other snarky responses, let me know! I’d be happy to help!
      -Grace =)

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