Sunday, August 04, 2013

Story 4: My mother didn't realise there had been twins

My mother lost my twin early - around the 60th day. She thought she had miscarried until a doctor said no, she was still carrying a live fetus. It didn't occur to her until years later that she had lost a twin.

I don't know if 60 days is too early to have a psycho-spiritual impact on the survivor, but it would seem not.

As far back as I can remember, I've been melancholic, as if I was born in mourning.

And while this may be stretching it, I've also had a strange affection or leaning toward needy women in distress, which makes me wonder if my lost twin was a sister and whether subconsciously I've been trying to save her ever since.

It's hard to deny the impact of this phenomenon on parents and surviving siblings.

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