The sun shined down on Sunday and Bose as the two exchanged vows of holy matrimony. Only family watched as the young couple promised to love one another through good and bad times. Shortly after the wedding, they bowed their heads and held hands "Please God, bless us with a set of healthy twins so we can simultaneously care for and nurture our children, Amen."
During the nine months that the pregnancy lasted, every prenatal test proved that there was only one baby girl on her way to the family. This was never a source of worry because they surrendered everything unto God but they never ceased to pray the same prayer.
The couple was startled to discover that Bose gave birth to a set of twins. The Doctor congratulated Sunday who came later.
"Thank you Jesus for answering our prayer!" The man jubilated as he ran through the hospital; his words echoing through out the hall.
When she was giving birth, one put out hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on her saying, "This one came out first."
The parents named the first baby Tenny. After her sister came out they named her Kenny.
Tenny resembled her mother, a paragon of beauty. Kenny could be described as a new baby a replica of her father whose watchword was "One must not meet two ugly persons on the bed."
The girls were so different, the only thing they had in common was they were females. From the first day, it was glaring that Tenny would enjoy more than her share of maternal nourishment and care than her twin sister. Kenny seemed to be left at the mercy of her paternal love and care.
Tenny enjoyed uncommon favour from everyone from her childhood to adulthood. It began from her household to nursery school and continued to university.
Their mother would present her identically-dressed twins to new acquaintances who would stare at Tenny and then at Kenny with a puzzled expression on their faces. How two girls would look so different was a source of constant concern for Bose. She took solace in the fact that they had been 'shared' between her and Sunday.
Sometimes, their mother was asked this embarrassing question, "Why do they wear identical clothes when they are mere sisters? Is this the practice in your culture?"
Bose would clap her hands, laugh and answer, "They are twins. It is only that they're fraternal not identical."
Here is the litany of their difference made greater through passage of many years:
Tenny's blessing was her beauty and flabouyant life but Kenny's was her decency and intelligence. Tenny's philosophy was "First impression lasts long. Consistent impression lasts longer. Last impression lasts longest."
Kenny's was "Tomorrow begins today, therefore, plan for it."
Tenny walked majestically, which dubbed her with the prettier nickname "Queen".
The school years revealed more of their differences. Tenny was more occupied with her dressing and outward looks. She was never serious with her studies. She was carefree about homework but she enjoyed the support of her mother who always satisfied her with something to wear.
Kenny was more serious with her education and future. She was always with a book, magazine or newspapers which earned her the nickname "Bookworm". Her knowledge was broad because her father used to buy something to read.
All of her life, Tenny used beauty for grades, men, career advancement, cars, attires. Who would deny a pretty lady with a shapely body such things?
"For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven". The time to be married finally came. By divine arrangement, they were married to another set of twin-brothers, Danny and Dammy, who were born in that order.
Tenny married Dammy while Kenny was hooked by Danny. Everyone loved the tradition and pageantry that came with their marriage. The day was as exactly what you would expect, all eyes were on Queen Tenny who happened to be the more fashion conscious. As for Kenny, she requested nothing but what her beautician friend, Debby, advised. She obtained favour in the sight of her husband and his close friends.
The parents of the brides were happy because they could do for their children what poverty prevented their parents to do for them.
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