Gilliland Twins. After his brother transfered schools, Reese Gilliland has been enjoying the space between them with a chance to work and learn about new interests. Reese holds a picture of his brother Heath Gilliland after he had transfered to Pendleton.
Studies shown have concluded that the older a mother is, the more likely she is to have twins, different ethnicities have also been shown to have a higher percentage of twin births. For example,an African American woman is the most likely to have twins, while Asian women are the least likely. Twins are neither more or less likely to be male or female. Twins make up 90% of multiple births.
Besides the percentage of likely twin births, there are two types of twins: fraternal and identical. By definition, the meaning of fraternal is: (of twins) developed from separate ova and therefore genetically distinct and not necessarily of the same sex or more similar than other siblings. The definition of identical is: similar in every detail; exactly alike. It is more likely a woman will have fraternal twins rather than identical.
Among the most common questions that twins most likely get asked the most would be, “Who’s older?” This would also be the one that gets annoying the most quickly.
Paige Gabriel, 17, a Senior at Griswold High School, seems to think that she could do without this question. It also doesn’t help that her twin brother Morrow Gabriel, also a Senior at Griswold High School, uses this as an excuse in arguments. Morrow is 5 minutes older than his sister.
Paige Gabriel seems to like being a twin, despite thinking of her brother as ‘annoying.’ This statement might be overlooked, however, seeing as she wants her brother to stay in her life because he is her driver.
Gabriel not only uses her brother as a driver, but as someone who could help her in her studies when she doesn’t understand something.
Despite all the jokes and comments to her brother, Gabriel wouldn’t want an older sibling or another younger one, and said, “I wouldn’t want to change it, I would want a younger sibling, but I wouldn’t want them dealing with being the youngest.”
At Griswold High School, Gabriel hasn’t noticed anyone treating her differently because she is a twin, which she is thankful for. Upon further questioning, Gabriel hadn’t really seemed to think about being treated differently; nor has thought about how she could be treated negatively.
Gabriel doesn’t seem to think it’s weird sharing the same school with her twin either, saying, “It’s not weird because it’s like sharing with an older or younger sibling.”
Despite the many popular myths, people may believe Gabriel says that she doesn’t normally partner up with her twin, unless forced. Another myth about twins that seems to be widespread is that twins skip a generation which has been proven to be false. If she could change one thing about being a twin, Paige would want to be the older one, thus she could use the excuse that she is older.
Overall, Gabriel likes being a twin, and her favorite part is people's reactions when she tells them or when they figure it out, she says, “I like being a twin because when people find out, I love their reaction.”
Gabriel isn't the only Griswold High twin with a story to tell, however. Reese Gilliland, a senior, is a twin also. However, his twin transferred out of Helix and now goes to another school. “It’s not that much different. I mean, we were close, but it’s nice to kind of see that barrier of interests. Otherwise, I don’t see him as much,” said Gilliland.
Despite being close with his twin, Gilliland doesn’t seem to notice that it hasn’t been much different with his ‘other half’ gone.
Gilliland doesn’t seem to miss going to the same school either. “Again, it’s nice to see that space of interest apart, even though we were close,” he said.