Triplet Trouble: My Life

July 20, 2010
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When I was a little kid I never really noticed I was different than the others. I never noticed how every adult payed attention to me, I never noticed how surprised people were when they found out I had two siblings the same age, and I never thought it odd to have a brother and a sister that stuck to me like glue. In my mind that was normal. I was a triplet, but so what? I was just another average kid, wasn’t I? Wrong on both accounts.
You see, being a triplet is not at all like it appears. Many people blow it off, saying, “Oh it’s just the same- except you are in the same grade as your siblings”, but this is not true. If I could give one word to say what it’s like being a triplet, that word would be “shared.” When you’re like me, every day of your life is shared. Your school is shared, friends are shared, your birthday is shared, even your parents are shared. The few times when you are completely alone are so rare that you don’t know what to do with yourself. Secrets are shared (because your siblings can always pry them out of you), blowing out birthday candles is shared. In other words, my whole existence is shared.

When you’re a triplet you…
1. Are treated special from the day you’re born
2. Share your birthday with 2 others!
3. Don’t know how to be alone.
4. Have trouble not relying on your siblings all the time.
5. Have trouble being motivated to make friends- I mean, you’ve always got 2 automatic ones!
6. Get mixed up with your siblings all the time (even when you’re fraternal!)
7. Fight with your siblings all the time (just like everybody else).
8. Share your classes, school, sports, classes.
9. Have trouble being stereotyped by the way your siblings act.
10. Have a competitive streak (at least when it comes to your siblings).
11. Get compared all the time.
12. Get asked awkward questions about your birth!
13. Share everything!
14. Are never given special attention from your parents- you’re never an ‘only child’.
15. Cause your parents tons of trouble when they try to find a 3-kid stroller for you to ride in as a baby.
16. Sometimes are so similar to your siblings it scares you! (Like getting up in the morning and wearing the same clothes as my sister!)
17. Can almost read your siblings minds
18. Get tons of gifts from people you don’t know, just because they remember you as a baby.
19. Are fawned over by everybody (at least as a baby).
20. Give your parents trouble when trying to find a babysitter.

You'll hear the word “wow” a lot.

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millievm97 said...
Jun. 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm
I am a triplet (fraternal with a brother and sister) and we are ALWAYS competeing with each other. Fortuantly, I am the only one who likes to write and am the only one who rides so I have my own horse. My sibs and I are so  competitive and I hate the teachers' pet's and nerdy stereotypes. I loved this peice, keep up the good work!
Claudia1391 said...
Aug. 1, 2010 at 8:55 am
I never knew a lot of this stuff about triplets. How did your parents find a three-kid stroller? I've never seen one...
Christy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 1, 2010 at 8:51 am
I guess there's a lot of Teen Ink Triplets.
Cecil said...
Jul. 30, 2010 at 9:25 pm
My best friends are triplets... They're so identical they switch classes and their teachers don't notice!
Thesilentraven This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm
This is completely relatable; I am also a triplet. Except, my brother and sister couldn't be more different from me and each other. We aren't too close but are often shunted together. Reading this, I also couldn't help but smiling!
Sonata16 said...
Jul. 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm
Being a triplet myself, this made me smile. Nice job :)
Christy This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 23, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Thanks! I've never actually met another triplet before...
Sonata16 replied...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 7:54 am
Well, now you have!!
Freak.of.Nature replied...
Jul. 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm
I'm not a triplet or even a twin. But I feel someone bad for people who are, "Hey look its the triplets" You are your own person right? So why are you all grouped as one. I have four set of twin cousins and I see it happen all the time. 
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