Stefan & Ruth Bartlett

#11: Stefan & Ruth

What's it like being a twin? Stefan and Ruth Bartlett, students at The Project School, talk about life as twin siblings and where they see themselves in the future.

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What is your first memory of me?
My first memory of you. I remember- I remember when you chased me through the screen window. Oh yeah, I stole one of your jump sticks once, and you chased me, and you, like, bit me on the back.
I bit you!
And then I sat on the table, eating a piece of pancake.
Yeah.
It's really weird since we have those scrapbooks. It's weird because I barely remember anything younger than like four.
What is one of your favorite memories of us playing together?
Just, like, recent? Or? I remember at Pinewoods, a camp we go to every year, We would just, like, we'd eat and we'd laugh. And I think you snorted soup out your nose once.
Oh god. Don't remind me of that. That hurt. One of my favorite memories of you and I- we made up a swing routine where we did the double swing thing. A month ago, I tried to stand on your shoulders.
Oh, yeah.
That was not any good.
I mean, since you do the circus gymnastics thing, or, like, acrobatics, sometimes it makes me feel like not as flexible, not as, like, I don't know, like-
Oh, well we have the thing where we- Well, since I want to get better at soccer- You want to get better at, like, gymnastics, getting flexible, so I said that, if I learn the rainbow in soccer,
he has to learn how to do the splits. And we're both close.
I'm not close.
You're close.
Okay, fine. I think another reason why it's hard is we can't always do the same things.
Yeah, and then I get- Then, I start comparing myself.
And even though it doesn't seem like I compare myself, I do compare myself.
If you're doing a sport, I want to do it, too. And if you're doing, like, a certain amount of push-ups, I want to beat that record.
Yeah, it definitely makes us more competitive.
Yeah, and it helps a lot, because if I didn't have a twin, I probably wouldn't have
been competitive as I am now. And I wouldn't have done, like, sports and stuff. But now I'm really happy with that.
I've never really thought about anything college-wise. I've never-
Let's not talk about that. We're 11. We're 11.
But my mind has never wandered there, thinking about what we're gonna do as twins.
Oh, well, yeah, that's hard. Well, we know twins that went to different colleges.
That must be really, really hard.
It would be hard, yeah. But I think that, if we want to explore different things and be independent, then we need to learn how to move off, like, by ourselves, and- I mean, we could go to the same college. I don't care.
That would be really, really cool but hard.
Yeah.
Why do you think it could be harder or easier being a twin?
I don't- 
I think it could be harder-
It could be harder-
(laughing)
Jinx!
Padlock.
Dang it. You want to have- Like, sometimes, my friends come over, and then Stefan wants to play- you want to play with them. And I'm like, hey, they're my friends! Back off!
I think it's hard like that. It's also hard to play with other people because we're always trying to be with each other. And then the easier side.
I just feel a lot closer to you than- Yeah, I feel close, and I have someone on my side.
Like Wade, our brother, he- We connect a lot. But we don't have, like-
It's like two against one.
Yeah. My question is, do you ever remember being so sad for a couple days
because of something I did? I don't remember anything like that.
I mean, I got sad because you could do more- more tricks.
You had that moment of, like, depression.
I wasn't depressed. I was just, like, ugh, why is Stefan so good at that and I'm not? But then I realized that it's just practice.
And, I mean, we're different people. We can't do the same thing.
Yeah.

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