The bond between a girl and her very first best friend is a special one.
Friendships deepen and grow as you get older, but there’s nothing quite like the easy and intense bond you form with a friend when you’re young. Even if you aren’t still friends with your first best friend, most people can remember feeling so strongly about wanting to do everything together.
Jia Sarnicola and Zuri Copeland are 4-year-old best friends living in Miami, and they’ve taken “BFFs” to the next level.
The little girls hit it off “instantly” when they met in school at age 3. They have been “besties” ever since, Jia’s mom Ashley told BuzzFeed.
Jia (born on June 3) and Zuri (born on June 5) are so close that they even had a joint fourth birthday party together. After sharing a birthday — and by virtue of simply adoring one another — the girls have also become convinced that they are twins, despite the fact that they don’t have the same skin color. And they certainly aren’t putting up with anyone disagreeing with their twin status.
Scroll through to read more about the heartwarming bond between Jia and Zuri!
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In a post shared with Love What Matters, Zuri’s sister Victoria Williams writes:
My sister and her best friend think they’re twins because they have the same birthday and this was the outcome.
They met at school and have been attached to the hip ever since.
They go to plays together, carnivals, parties, etc.
They are actually two days apart but share their birthday party, hence, why they believe they’re twins.
They were standing in line for face paint at a birthday party when they overheard two girls in front of them say they were sisters.
So Zuri and Jia decided to join in and tell the girls that they were twins.
However, the response they got was a little harsh as the girls told them they couldn’t be twins because they weren’t the same skin color.
Jia began crying immediately but that didn’t stop her from saying ‘We are twins because we have the same birthday and share the same soul!’
Leaving everyone at the party speechless with no one else questioning Zuri and Jia’s sisterhood/ ‘twin’ ship.
Victoria originally tweeted about the sweet story on November 5, 2017, and that’s when it went viral.
She shared a photo of the two girls at the party, alongside a group message where one of the moms explained what had happened.
“Jia just had a full on argument with two ‘fisher island school girls’ that she and Zuri are twins. She cried because the little girl said ‘there is no way, you don’t have the same color skin.’ She said, ‘you don’t know anything, we are twins because we have the same birthday!'” the text said.
Jia and Zuri’s story reached so many people, many of whom were inspired to share their own or their kid’s “soul twins” stories and photos.
One “soul twin” BFF pair even reached out to offer to take the girls on a day trip to the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca Cola, if the parents were OK with it!
The girls’ moms weren’t particularly surprised that Jia and Zuri had such a strong reaction to being told they weren’t twins — their bond was immediate and “unbelievable.”
“[They have] the same vibrant energy, intelligence, heart to take care of others, and both [are] extremely vocal about their needs,” Jia’s mom Ashley explained to BuzzFeed. “They love to dance and sing.”
“It is unbelievable. They connected very well immediately,” Zuri’s mom Valencia told ABC News. “It was amazing how they’ve gelled together.”
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