Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Abby & Brittany: The Hensels' Reality Show

We've met Abby and Brittany Hensel on the TLC network before, but only in specials. The pair are conjoined twins, and we watched them grow up together. If you're not familiar, the girls have two normal legs (although they're different lengths), a wide torso and two heads. They have distinctly different personalities, yet they drive as one pair, eat off the same plate and sometimes speak in unison.

In the episode that I watched, we saw Abby and Brittany take a road trip with friends. The girls were so happy and normal. It was truly wonderful and inspiring to see them love life, despite the tough cards they were dealt.

As a language person, I found it fascinating how Abby or Brittany can begin a sentence and her sister can finish it. I also enjoyed hearing one girl speak a sentence, yet both will say 'um' at the same time. And sometimes the girls will speak in union, despite having completely different brains.

The girls, while connected, have separate bodies, in a way. Abby and Brittany maintain separate body temperatures and each girl can't feel the side of the body attached to her sister. When each girl has a stomach ache, though, she feels it in the other girl's body.

The girls have personality differences, as well. For example, one of the girls is afraid of heights and the other is not. The girls also like different activities, but have learned how to compromise with each other.

On the second episode I watched, we learned that the girls shared a major in college and student taught as a pair. They originally planned to have different specializations within their education major, but it wouldn't work due to time and homework needs. During their student teaching, they used their different strengths to be the best that they can be, yet they struggled when they had to focus on different things. School staff members noted that the girls would be highly qualified to teach, but there would be contract issues, like would they earn one salary or two? They will have separate teaching licenses, yet they'll have to stay together. Complicated!

Is this show worth watching? Sure, if you're looking for some bubble gum fun and to see a positive outlook on life. You'll enjoy watching the twins work in unison, like running back when they were afraid looking off a high platform. It doesn't look like we'll be seeing a lot of tough issues on the show, as it seems to focus more on the fun stuff, so it's a good watch for the whole family if you want to relax and enjoy some time together.

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