“Hate veggie-bulls!” Jem’s face scrunched in disgust. “Want somefin’ diff’ent.”

“Purfle one’s ‘orrid,” said Clem.

“An’ orrin one.”

“Just try… wait, what?” I checked. No purple or orange ones there.

“Want sketty!” Clem shouted.

“We don’t have spaghetti. Eat up or no ice cream.”

“No!” Clem squealed, fingers scrunching her vegetables.

Jem threw his. A food fight ensued. 

I ran outside to greet Grandma Brown, visiting for the weekend. “Thank goodness you’ve come. The twins are revolting.”

Our neighbour called over the fence. “Really, Mrs Brown, they may be obnoxious, but calling your children revolting is taking things too far.”

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
2 years ago

I have to say, Carrie, that picture looked mouth-watering!! Can I have the vegetables, since the twins don’t want them? You have a real knack for writing about and for kids. Great story!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

It is very hard to handle a child but it is harder when your child is twin especially when they are revolting during their meal or milk time. Motherhood is always a challenging responsibility.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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2 years ago

I missed seeing it, Carrie. My apology. I was too focused and carried away in the topic of the twin experience – the situation of taking care of them both at the same time, which all I can say is very difficult. Thank you for awakening my mind to see how more developed Jem and Clem are for their age, that is incredible. 

Last edited 2 years ago by Lotchie Carmelo
Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
2 years ago

Jem and Clem, such memorable names and characters. I agree with Julie, you have a real talent for writing for children Carrie. Well done!

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
2 years ago

A great story. I love how you have use colloquial language and I also love how you finished it.

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
2 years ago

Carrie, this is such a fun, enjoyable (and relatable) story. It has a brilliant ending. It just shows again how easily a misunderstanding can happen. Mrs Brown certainly has her hands full!

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