The Lincoln House isnâ€™t their old farm house in western Lincoln County, but the Heavners relish the time they spend gathered around the breakfast table.
â€œAfter our mother died we do this to stick together,â€ Julia said.
â€œThis seems like a way for us to get together and enjoy each other,â€ her sister Jane added.
Newcomers to the breakfast spot may think theyâ€™re seeing double when they take a glance at the men and women at the table. Carroll and Harold Heavner are 74-year-old twin brothers. Their younger sisters, Jane and Julia Heavner, are also twins.
The two sets of twins sip coffee, eat pancakes and catch up on the weekâ€™s events as theyâ€™ve done for the past three years. Each week the Heavners laugh and chat at the restaurant. The weekly gathering is a tribute to their mother and their lives together.
The Heavners laugh when they talk about their adventures growing up. Their parents were hardworking dairy farmers who worked in the fields to harvest corn, cotton, wheat, hay and the like. The younger sisters remember stories of their brothers playing in the crib at the edge of the cotton field.
â€œWe were always a close nit family living on the farm,â€ Julia said.
As the twins grew, their responsibilities increased. They, too, helped out on the farm.
â€œWe picked plenty of cotton,â€ Carroll said.
The siblings also remember their motherâ€™s hard work at the sewing machine. She made their clothes, often in matching sets.
The twins donâ€™t remember playing any pranks while growing up. Julia said she once visited Janeâ€™s school, but people knew who she was immediately.
The days the Heavners donâ€™t dress in matching clothes but still lead similar lives. Jane and Julia are both single and live in Sherrills Ford. They both chose teaching as their careers and are now retired.
Harold lives in Vale with his family, and Carroll lives in Lincolnton with his.
The sets of twins said they cherish their relationships. They enjoy the ups and downs of being twins as adults and laugh at the memories of childhood.
â€œYou always had someone to play with â€¦ you always had someone to get into fights with, too,â€ Harold said.by Diane Turbyfill