After fastening their three identical pairs of blue Velcro shoes and straightening their matching checked button-up shirts, the Viveros triplet boys are ready for a trip to the park.
In just two minutes, the boys’ emotions rode a tidal wave: elated while dancing to Disney tunes inside their La Quinta, Calif., home, shedding tears when they were told going out the front door didn’t lead to the garage and back to cheesy smiles when loading onto the family’s outdated but still functional green golf cart. Before long, they were plodding along down Calle Monterey, hand-fighting over who got to turn the steering wheel.
After the boys’ attention spans waned from tossing their rubber bouncy balls up and down the curly slide and reacting in surprise when they returned, Luca, Talen and Asher darted off the equipment for the trees and bushes in the corner for some makeshift basketball practice.
While one would toss a ball into the middle of a bush – they call that a “basket” in the world of toddlers – the other two kept their mothers busy. At this age, just short of two years old, picking up rocks, waving palm fronds and tearing apart flowers tickles their fancy.
“I’m a science teacher, and I hate it when my kids destroy plants,” Electra Viveros says. “Most moms get flowers, but I get pieces of flowers.”
Such is life as the mother of three high-energy, curious, active boys. This Mother’s Day will mark Electra’s second with her toddler trio, but she doesn’t celebrate alone. With three bundles of energy running wild around the Viveros’ kitchen, the family benefits from twice the motherly love, intuition and gentle guidance.
Not long ago, Electra and her wife Angela watched as their tiny family of two blossomed from their vision of three into enough to fill the starting five of a rec basketball team coming to gyms in 2030.
As Angela, the dreamer in the family, responded nonchalantly to the idea that she was carrying triplets, Electra remembers she could hardly control herself.
When one panics, the other maintains calm. When one dreams a bit too high, the other pulls her spouse back down to reality. It’s the type of relationship that has turned this household into a well-oiled machine, not unlike the pair’s basketball teams at La Quinta High School.
Two years ago, Electra took over the varsity girls’ basketball reins at her alma mater, with Angela in control of the junior varsity squad. Despite adding three boys into the mix, the family that blurs the lines between hardwood in the gym and hardwood floors at home runs as smoothly as ever in a way neither of them may have ever dreamed.
“She takes me to places I probably wouldn’t go on my own,” Electra said. “She helps me see that some things are truly possible, even if it nearly kills me getting there.”