Shortly after graduating from high school, Angela Verlinde noticed that most of her friends were getting married and having children. Or, as is more typical in Chrislip, having children and getting married. Or, even more typically, having children. And it seemed as if a great many of those children were arriving as sets of twins.
“Twins were everywhere!” remembers Angela. “Gosh, it seemed like everybody had one!”
She also noticed that, while the parents were at first over the moon with their twins, the luster began to fade after a few years. For one thing, there was the expense. Caring for two children is roughly twice as expensive as caring for one. Then there was the matter of aesthetics.
“I think the moms and dads began to wonder why they ever had twins in the first place,” Angela says. “After all, you wouldn’t hang two identical paintings on your wall. You wouldn’t buy two of the exact same dresses. So why have the same kid twice?”
When she heard parents actually talking about ways to trim the herd, Angela decided to do something about it. Securing a small-business loan, she opened Two’s-A-Crowd, Chrislip’s first twin exchange. There, parents can drop off the twin of their choice and take home a child of a different age, size, sex, color, or religion.
Angela admits that people often skip that second step. “The word ‘exchange’ is misleading,” she says with a laugh. “Parents rarely take a new twin home after dropping off the old one.”
What happens to the twins who are left behind?
“Gosh, only good things, I’m sure,” says Angela. “If you don’t have a little faith, than what have you got?”
Amen to that.
Angela plans to open a triplet exchange called Three’s-A-Crowd, and may even open a quadruplet exchange if she can think of a name for it.