Commenter Sywink sent me the above video. My response:
Well that brought tears to my eyes. My twins had a similar relationship. When my non-autistic son was praised for helping my autistic son, he would always respond: “He’s my brother.” He got back in time from college to act as a chaperone for his brother’s class to a zoo. When I asked him if he would do this he said, “I would be honored”. This was on the Tuesday before Larry’s death. Numerous photographs were taken of this outing. His class after my son’s death put together a collage of the pictures that have Larry in them. One shows his brother hugging him. Needless to say that these pictures are now priceless family heirlooms. Love conquers all, even death.
The story that goes with the video may be read here. This video comes as little surpise to the parents of twins. When my wife was carrying our twin boys she often placed my hand on her womb as our lads were obviously having fun playing with each other. Of course people have been aware of this as long as there have been people:
21 And Isaac intreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.
22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord.
23 And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.
Julian and Adrian Riester were identical twins. They came into this world 92 years ago, on March 27, 1919. Their advent probably surprised their parents after a run of five daughters! They attended Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. They attempted to join the military during World War II, but were turned away due to poor eyesight. They became Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name province in New York. Continue reading