|Teddy, Age 5|
|Charlie, Age 9|
I think this competition especially fascinates me as an identical twin because my brother and I were always at the exact same age and developmental stage. We have older sisters, but that's a totally different thing. I never had an older brother to test my mettle against, nor a younger brother over whom to lord my greater abilities. I had a brother my same age over whom to lord my greater abilities (zing!).
Charlie plays the older brother role with physically benevolence. He does not use his size advantage to rough up Teddy when they play football or wrestle. He does, however, use his experience and wiles to bend the rules of the game to his advantage, though. We constantly re-explain that Charlie's conception of even turns on the Wii isn't nearly even. If you count attempts at the same challenge in any game, Charlie's attempts will always last longer because he's better at every game. They must count minutes played instead. Of course, playing head to head would mete out the changes in a far superior way, but they never do because Charlie always wins.
Teddy, for his part alternates between competing far more fiercely than his big brother (truly inspiring tackling technique from a littler combatant) and giving up the fight altogether (often with tears or whining). When he hits his mid-teens and his brother is slowed by the freshman 15, Teddy will - due to his rigorous training against, bigger, faster, more experienced competition - start to trounce Charlie in every battle. The summer of '21 should be very interesting indeed. I plan to have a front row seat.