Twin sisters share a special bond. They can finish each other’s sentences, have the same interests, and of course look alike and wear the same clothes. Even when separated at birth, twins can still share similar traits.
Mia and Alexandra are twins who were both adopted out of China, but to different families.
USA Today writes: “Mia and her twin, Alexandra, were found in a cardboard box and taken to an orphanage in 2003. Mia went home to the Sacramento suburb of Orangevale, Calif., with Andy and Angela Hansen. Her sister went home with Sigmund and Wenche Hauglum of Fresvik, Norway.
“Both their families met during the adoption process in Changsha in China’s Hunan Province. The families felt very strongly that the girls were twins.
“‘They looked exactly alike,’ Angela Hansen said. ‘We were told they were not twins.'”
The Sacramento Bee writes: “The four parents decided on a DNA test. The girls were 6 months old when the results came back confirming they were identical twins.The Hansens and Hauglums kept in touch, but wanted to wait until the girls were older and could remember, to bring them together. But Mia knew she has a twin ‘from day one,'” Andy said.
In 2009, at the age of 6, both girls met for the first time.
The Sacramento Bee writes: “When the pair came face to face, outside the Hansens’ home, it was ‘complete awkwardness,’ Mia said. They mostly stared.
“But soon the twins joined hands and ‘went in the house, went right upstairs, got in their swimsuits, and they were together the whole time’ swimming or playing in the Hansens’ backyard,” Andy said.
“Over the years, the girls have seen each other, but not as much as they’d like due to the cost. Angela says: “It’s hard to say if the girls will see each other more in the future. It’s not easy for our families to see each other considering the cost of travel between California and Norway. Another issue is time off work and school.
“The girls use FaceTime to talk to each other each weekend, but they prefer seeing each other in person.”
Angela also says their language barrier is improving, she says, Mia has learned a few more Norwegian words and phrases from Alexandra. And Alexandra is amazing now with her English! She has learned a lot more English in the last few years.
Twins are known for being emotionally well connected. No matter how far they are apart, they will always manage to find each other.
Research by Monica Song and Alan Cheung.