Wednesday, February 23, 2011

How the twins were gracious and never let their fame go to their heads

After their fame was established, they were requested to do many performances. They were in demand, and began to tour on the tween competition circuit where they were considered the sure-fire winners of the ultimate tween prize—the Tween Talent Time Trophy Cup!
 Around town the other kids talked about nothing except Rain and Sunshine’s fame. Rain, being 5 minutes younger than her sister and therefore more sensitive, wanted to make sure that the other kids never felt that her and her sister were looking down on them.

At their junior high school the twins answered everyone’s questions honestly and with the same professionalism they brought to the stage.

Everyone was picking classes for high school and was very excited. The twins were especially excited about the music classes they could do, and drama which could help them improve their performances. The only strange thing was that Rain wanted to take art and Sunshine didn’t.

And on that note they settled things and they both took Outdoor Ed. To learn to canoe. See the twins had never been apart before and had never even tried to do anything on their own. Even if they were on opposite sides of the room it felt like standing naked with everyone staring at you. 

So both of them had been very anxious that, their first year of high school anyways, they took the same classes. Hence they were very surprised when they got their class schedules in the mail.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

How their special gift brought them real fame

Now it has been mentioned that Carrick was both beautiful and Scottish, which are a little unusual for a town. The town was, however, quite usual in that it had nine churches. Downtown there was a large Presbyterian church, an Anglican Church, and a United Church. Further out there was a Lutheran Church, a Baptist Church and a Catholic Church. On the very edges of town there was a Pentecostal church, a Mennonite church, and a Jehovah’s Witness temple, all of which were regarded with suspicion by the town’s people. The twins were special in that they did not belong to any of the churches. Being of the hippie persuasion their parents liked to spend Sunday mornings listening to music and organizing their buttons.

 Most of the other children found this very surprising and exotic, so the twins were revered for having such a unique family.

 You might also find it surprising, but the twins’ parents liked to organize buttons because their job was collecting buttons. They collected buttons and then sold them to people who worked in the theatre and in film. Because of this they often had reason to travel around southern Ontario, from Niagara on the Lake, to Stratford, to Toronto and even down to London, and they often took the twins with them. Rain and Sunshine loved these trips, they would sit in the back and roll down their windows and execute their surprisingly accurate impression of bagpipes out the window for all to hear. 

Luckily, their parents immediately recognized the amazing talent of their daughters and talked about them to everyone they knew in theatre.


And so it happened that Rain and Sunshine began to perform their amazingly accurate impression of the bagpipes on stages around southern Ontario. They became quite renowned for their skill and were even allowed to compete in competitions against real pipers. They never won, but always pushed the pipers to play at the highest extent of their skill. More often, they opened the local piping competitions. 

They would walk out on stage dressed in kilts and blouses, their brown hair brushed neatly and holding each others’ hands. When they got to the center of the stage they would smile at each other and Rain would begin to drone. The audience always hushed at the skill and professionalism of these two young girls on stage, for at this point they were not even 11 years old, and some would be moved to tears when Sunshine began in earnest with the haunting melodies of the Scottish ballads. Their specialty was Scotland the Brave and when they performed it sometimes the audience would spontaneously rise from their seats and dance, laughing and crying real tears of joy.

Of much interest to people was that the twins never spoke on stage, they never made set lists and yet they always knew which song they would perform next. This was put down to their being twins and having a special connection that others lacked. A great many articles were written about them in the local news paper. Reporters loved to tell their story, because young girls recognizing that they have been blessed with such a unique gift at such an early age are of interest to everyone. 

One fateful day the phone rang; their mother answered it,

            So the twins and their mother went to the CBC studio in Toronto where the twins were interviewed about their gift and performed Scotland the Brave for Bill Richardson with as much heart as they could.

            And she knew that and all the radio audience also knew.