Our foray into podcasting continues; this time whilst huddled on a bed in the spare room, surrounded by piles of washing and unpacked boxes of books.
This week, we are considering that aged old question: ‘what is it like to be an identical twin?’ Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is a question that has defined the majority of our lives and yet, despite many years’ of practise, it is one we are still no better at answering. As twins, the question is not too dissimilar to asking: ‘what is it like to have an arm?’
I don’t know. Great? Necessary? Handy?
Throughout this forty minute exploration into twinhood, we hit upon a few things that, for us at least, characterise the unique and ever complex relationship between identical twins. Whilst some of it is good: an unfailing support network, a wingman for any public occasion and a daily sounding board, some of it is, nonetheless, difficult. As adults, being an identical twin can bring with it an additional layer of complexity, anxiety and complications that you non-twin folk are free of.
So, and without further ado, our (at times baffling) ruminations on what it feels like to be an identical twin, can be found below. As ever, we do not advise that you play this in a public space – Claire references her disdain for seeing me naked. Instead, grab your headphones, a cup of tea and enjoy.