The blond twin came off the bus with a huge smile on her face. She said, "Mom, guess what? I won second place in a coloring contest. And, I got a trophy."
The brunette twin was not smiling. She started crying and said, "It's not fair. Why can't I win a trophy too?"
We knew this day was coming. As much as we try to avoid competition between the girls, it's growing in a lot of ways. This is a reality check for all of us.
We always tell the girls that they cannot both be good at everything. One of them is better at math and the other better at spelling. One walked first and the other ate real food first. We try to make sure they know that they each have their strengths, which is all well and good until there is a trophy involved.
We're still celebrating the blond twin's trophy. She is so proud of it she can hardly stop smiling. Her sister has come around a bit, but she's still jealous.
As for their parents? Well, we're just dreading the days to come when the competitions won't be about coloring contests, but about things much more serious to the girls like making a team or winning a college scholarship. Those are the competitions we really dread.