Seeing Double at Limestone
Back row, left to right: Daniel and Alex Bethke; Morgan and Lauren Smith; Karina and Jasmine Chery; Kristin and Ashley Alderin-Fleagle; William and Daniel Baker. Front row: Teresa and Lisa Holmes

Is there truth to the bond between twins?

Researchers seeking the answer to that question would do well to visit Limestone College as no less than seven sets of twins were enrolled during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Unlike single-born children, most twins seem to share a unique connection that is deep and self-sustaining. "The twin bond is important since it's a relationship that really started in utero," says Eileen Pearlman, a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist who lectures on multiple birth issues and is the author of Raising Twins: What Parents Want to Know (And What Twins Want to Tell Them). "Even in the womb, there was a lot of working together sharing a very small space."

Some have even claimed that twins share an almost telepathic relationship, able to know exactly what the other is thinking or feeling. "There are times when I will be thinking about something and not more than five seconds later my twin (Kristin) will ask me or say something about what I was thinking," said Limestone sophomore Ashley Alderin-Fleagle '12 of Kernersville, North Carolina.
Mallory and Kelsey Kuykendall

Limestone senior Daniel Baker '10 of Greenville, South Carolina who is on the Limestone Golf Team with his brother William, suggested that the time twins spend together may translate to the syncopated thought process of twins. "When you spend so much time with someone, it is only natural that you start to learn how they think and act, and once that happens you begin to anticipate those actions and in some way predict them."

For sophomores and softball teammates Mallory and Kelsey Kuykendall '12 of Seneca Falls, New York, being a twin also means having a friend for life. "Kels and I do everything together," said Mallory. "I can always count on her having my back in any situation. We are best friends and I could never imagine my life without a twin. When deciding our college destination we knew we wanted to be together no matter what. Every coach who was recruiting us, we told that we were a 'package' deal. I could not see myself in college without her."