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AN­NAPO­LIS VAL­LEY TWINS SHARE A BOND BE­YOND DNA

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - SARA ERIC­S­SON Sara.eric­s­[email protected]­tynews.ca

To­day, we launch a spe­cial fea­ture that looks at some of the peo­ple we come across in our daily lives but may not know very much about.

Char­lotte Ben­jamin and Sharon Caul roll forks into nap­kins as they roll their eyes laugh­ing.

The 60-year-old iden­ti­cal twins have worked to­gether as wait­resses in Kentville for nearly three decades, and share ev­ery­thing – their hair­dresser, doc­tor, den­tist – along with their job and the deed to a house.

They also share near-iden­ti­cal DNA, fin­ger­prints and birth­marks, so alike at birth they wore dif­fer­ent coloured rib­bons as mark­ers. That said, they haven’t ac­tu­ally known who is who since their fa­ther mixed the rib­bons up, but with two brains that work more like one, it doesn’t seem to mat­ter.

“She could be Char­lotte, and I could be Sharon. We’re a two-in-one, and it feels like the same brain,” says Ben­jamin.

The sis­ters were raised in Stephenvil­le, N.L., where they at­tended school with eight other sets of twins. When Caul moved to Nova Sco­tia in 1982, Ben­jamin fol­lowed in 1984.

They now live apart – Caul in New Mi­nas, Ben­jamin in Sh­effield Mills – but work to­gether and de­light cus­tomers with an­tics like dressing the same and switch­ing iden­ti­ties.

It’s a game they played in school when they’d switch classes and fool teach­ers, and one Ben­jamin used at 14 dur­ing a breakup.

“I was peek­ing through the cur­tain in the house and sent Sharon out, dressed in my clothes. He didn’t know – he was fool­ish,” she laughs.

They bring match­ing out­fits on va­ca­tion and love be­ing mir­ror im­ages. They are so used to this same­ness, and be­ing to­gether, nei­ther can imag­ine a life with­out the other.

“In all our years, we’ve only been apart a to­tal of four years. If any­thing ever hap­pens to my hus­band, it will be me and her,” says Ben­jamin, as Caul’s eyes fill with tears.

“For­ever – ever and ever. Life with­out her, well – there is no life,” says Caul.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

The sis­ters have worked to­gether for nearly three decades as wait­resses at Paddy’s Brew­pub and Rosie’s Restau­rant in Kentville, where one of­ten gets mis­taken for the other. But it’s some­thing they play up and take ad­van­tage of to have a lit­tle fun. “We al­ways know where the other is, and don’t bump into each other – it’s that twin thing we do,” laughs Ben­jamin.

SARA ERIC­S­SON

Char­lotte Ben­jamin and Sharon Caul, both 60, are iden­ti­cal twins, and haven’t re­ally been cer­tain who is who since their fa­ther mixed up the rib­bons that iden­ti­fied them when they were ba­bies.

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