After explaining that the children of friends of ours are adopted this conversation happened with my youngest daughter at the dinner table.
Tara: "I wondered why their skin is so dark when Mom and Dad aren't dark! I thought maybe their grandmas or grandpas were dark."
Mom: "No, they were adopted from another country."
(There are three children in the family, 2 teenage boys and a 9-year-old girl.)
Tara: "Are they all brothers and sisters?"
Mom: "Well, the boys are twins so, yes, they are brothers, but the girl is not related to them."
Tara: "They're twins?"
Mom: "Yes, Tara. They're identical twins - that's why they look alike."
Tara: "Oh, they're not turtle twins?"
Tara: "They're not turtle twins?"
Mom, laughing, "What's a turtle twin?"
Tara: "You know, they're twins."
Mom: "Do you mean fraternal twins? Ones that don't necessarily look alike?"
Tara: "No, turtle twins. I heard it on tv."
We're all just laughing now.
Tara: "No, really! I did! I think it was on Zack and Cody."
Mom: "Ah, the wisdom of Zack & Cody! Tara, it's called FRATERNAL twins."
Tara: "Well, I like turtle twins better."
This was the springboard for the scientific explanation of egg-splitting and the way we get two kinds of twins. That edged too closely to a talk about sex for the 19-year-old so thus ended the conversation.
Just another day at the Martens...