jessica tholmer
December 09, 2017 11:32 am

Do “similarities” make two people twins? These two preschool besties Jia and Zuri seem to think so. They’re just pals in the same class, but their friendship is a lot more meaningful than that. Though they probably won’t become as famous as the Olsen Twins, these two deserve a lot of love.

Jia and Zuri, though not biologically related, can teach us a lot about friendship. The girls really genuinely believe they are twins. They have similarities that they believe prove their theory: The girls are both four years old, they have birthdays really close together, and they are physically similar in size. Plus, Jia and Zuri choose to dress alike, further developing their twin connection. Remember when friendship was just that simple and pure?

Both the girls’ mothers find their relationship really touching. But they also both have apprehensions about the future. Zuri’s mother Valencia is concerned about what people might say to them — and what people have already said. “You know, you’re happy for a few seconds, and then you become sad because they have to grow up, and then society takes over,” she told CBS News.

Jia is white and Zuri is Black. The girls will assuredly face discrimination in the future, which is upsetting. As we all know and fear, there are a lot of people who may not condone the idea that these two girls are such close friends, let alone that they consider themselves twins. Especially in today’s current political climate, racial tension and outright discrimination are prevalent. Though it would be nice for two preschool students to share this bond without commentary, they have already faced negativity.

At a birthday party last month, Jia and Zuri were dismissed by an older kid.

The kid informed the two little girls that they were not twins because the color of their skin is not the same. But through her tears, Jia set the kid straight.

"You don't know what you're talking about," she told the bully. "We're twins because we share the same soul."

Literal chills. We can all learn something from these young girls. Jia and Zuri will likely grow up to realize they aren’t twins, but the strength of female friendship will remain. How often do we call our BFFs our “soul sisters”? Through friendship, there is a way to be almost as connected as real twins.

“We have a lot to learn and we can learn from children,” Valencia concluded. So true.

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