Being the mother of twins is strange. Artemis and Athena started out so similar, and in many ways they still are very much alike. But they also diverged somewhere along the line. From memory, it started when Athena’s competitive choir audition was rejected, while Artemis was allowed in, despite their singing voices being virtually indistinguishable.
Athena was convinced that it was because Artemis had worn an outrageous, glittery hair clip that day – she’d made it herself from found objects, actually. From then on, Athena rejected any kind of flashy, statement accoutrements, whether in dress or home furnishings. It’s weird, though, because they’ve ended up buying a house together, so now they’ll have to reconcile their differing tastes.
I’ve noticed that Athena tends to let Artemis get her way. I was actually gobsmacked when she okayed that ridiculous splash-back and lighting design for their kitchen last year. I’m no kitchen renovations specialist, Melbourne followers, but even I could see that that was excessive. And yet, Athena just went along with it. Even though she has her own taste, she still defaults to letting Artemis’ style dominate.
Maybe I should say something to the girls, but I don’t want to be a nosy mother. Besides, I think it’s important for them to figure it out for themselves. That’s going to have to happen soon, though, if Athena doesn’t want to be lumped with Artemis’ hot take on tiles. Pretty soon, bathroom design and installation companies Melbourne wide will be vying for the project, and Athena will once again wind up steamrolled by Artemis’ irrepressibly outlandish sensibilities.
I wouldn’t mind so much if it wasn’t for that fact that I believe Athena does have her own aesthetic. In fact, I think it’s a lot more finely calibrated and sophisticated than her sister’s, although I’d never say that to either of them. If they’d just put their heads together, they could come up with something truly fantastic.