The Meanest Mom: Like most mothers of multiples, I get approached by lots of curious people when I'm out on the town. Most people just want to state the obvious --"Oh! You have twins!"-- but a growing minority also want the answer to a strange question:
"Are your twins real?"
After checking my sons' vital signs and poking them with sticks, I put forward my best guess.
"I don't know for sure," I say, "But it appears that they are."
Although I pretend to play stupid, I know exactly what people want to know when they ask me this question: were my twins conceived "naturally" or through fertility treatments? Besides being none of their business, this question implies that babies produced in test tubes and Petri dishes are somehow less human or authentic than children produced without reproductive assistance.
My four children came into my family through dramatically different avenues: one through adoption, two through in-vitro fertilization, and one the old-fashioned way. Though their paths to my home may be unconventional, I assure you that all of my children are REAL.