Last Word: Splitting Up

When Twins Go Their Own Ways

Our first split wasn’t a conscious decision, given the lack of brain development or will power at that early stage in gestation, when a single fertilized egg divided into Emily and me.

I suppose our second real split came at about five and a half years. Twins at my elementary school had to decide before beginning kindergarten whether they always wanted to be in the same class or always in different classes. Though I don’t know precisely why we chose separate classes, I have a strong...

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About the Author

Ellen Bina Koneck is a graduate student at Yale Divinity School.