When you hear those three heartbeats, you won’t know what you are in for. You will be scared but happy. You will buy clothes in threes, buy food in threes, and purchase Christmas presents in threes.
If you happen to be one of those three heartbeats, you will probably never need a math tutor, or any tutors for that matter. You are in for a life of matching clothes, sharing a room, sharing a car, sharing a birthday. You will be a triplet.
It’s a rare experience being a triplet. In 1998, England only had 297 triplet births. In 2017, the estimated birth rate of triplets in the United States was about five for every 100,000. They become rarer if all the children are fraternal and even rarer if all the children have the same gender (usually it is one girl and two boys).
Even though it is a rare occurrence, Lincoln has three sets of triplets. First, there are the Morins: Me (Charles), Zachary and Nicolas. Then there are the Balons: Dylan, Christian, and Tyler. The final group of triplets is the Evans: Zachary, Nathan, and Spencer. These triplets, at one point or another, also all went to the same park, Lime Acres, during Lincoln’s summer Parks & Recreation camp.
“When you’re a triplet, you always have someone to play with or someone to be on your team” says Zac Morin.
I’ve played on every sports team possible with my brothers, ranging from rec league soccer, little league, AAU basketball, and skiing. During rec league soccer, I was the goalie, while Zac and Nic both played defense. The same thing happened with the Balons. Two defense men with a goal, all linked by genetics. My brothers were always my biggest critics, but also made the best teammates.
As time goes on you really start to play different things. I picked track and field to do in high school while my other brothers are about to strap on the cleats again for baseball. For the Balons, Dylan plays for the freshman basketball team, while Christian wrestles, and Austin does not play a winter sport.
“You never really notice you’re a triplet,” says Austin Balon. When you’re a triplet, you never really recognize that you are what you are, until someone reminds you about some story about when you were little or when you were born. If you ever go grocery shopping, there is bound to be at least one person in there that will recognize you from something, whether it is school or someone around town that remembers you from when you were little.
The thing with having triplets is that there is always a decision maker. Though it changed every time, there was always one who decided on something, whether it was where to get food or what video game we wanted to get. Birthdays also become less of a “me” thing and more a “we” thing. The three of us will more or less negotiate what we are going to do like it’s a business meeting. The upside though is that you can get better presents by all asking for the same thing.
Another upside to triplets is that you always have a tutor or someone to teach. I am the best at math in my family and always help out one of my brothers. Plus, if you have homework in the same class you can see it done two different ways and decide who was right.
So if you are one of the lucky few who happen to hear those three heartbeats, you’re in for quite the ride. But you’re also guaranteed a lifetime of happiness.