I was at Disney/Epcot recently, waiting to take my kids to the “lunch with a character” and we saw two children about 3 years old. I thought they looked like fraternal twins, but my wife did not. I asked the mother if they were twins, and she said in a very direct and informative manner:
“They’re not twins, they’re surviving triplets…”
And she walked away with her kids. We discussed this, and the term “surviving” implied a loss of one of the kids at birth… of course, they could have suffered a recent loss. In any event, being around so many kids could certainly stir up feelings.
In any event, it was hard to understand her need to educate a complete stranger rather than say “yes” or “we had triplets, but one died” or something like that.
Is it just me or is that a strange thing to say to someone? I didn’t say anything at the time, but what better place to ger some opinions?!?