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How Rainbows Entered the World (A New Greek Myth)

By Lizbeth Godinez, age 11, Richmond


One day on the tallest mountain inside a beautiful castle was a god named Zeus. Zeus was joyful because his wife was having twin daughters. He was planning on naming them Rain and Shine. The next day when they were born Zeus saw that Shine had blonde hair and Rain had dark black hair.

“They don’t look like twins at all so we don’t tell them that they are,” said Zeus.

Over the next ten years, Rain and Shine never got along. Rain was always with her grandma. Shine was always with her friends doing homework. The day they graduated college they moved away from Zeus’ home on their own. Shine moved into a castle near the sun and controlled how hot it would be. Rain lived in a castle in space during the winter and the fall where she controlled the rain.

One day in the beginning of winter it was raining.

“No! Stop! It needs to be beautiful bright and sunny. If it’s going to look like this at least try to make it look nice!” yelled Shine.

“It’s the beginning of winter. It’s supposed to be cold and rainy,” replied Rain.

Shine never liked rain so she made the sun brighter. The people that lived on Earth didn’t like the weather because it was too bright, sunny and too windy.

Zeus saw that they were arguing so Zeus froze them so they would stop arguing about the weather. Rain had blue eyes that looked like raindrops and short black hair and a long white dress that went to her knees with a dark blue belt. Shine had golden eyes that looked like the sun and a white dress with a gold belt. Her hair was blonde and curly.

After Zeus thought they had enough time to cool down, he unfroze them and disappeared. Rain told Shine, “Let’s deal with this tomorrow.” So they both went back home.

The next day Rain and Shine decided to meet with Zeus. They flew to Mount Olympus and entered the castle.

“What do you two want?” asked Zeus.

“Well, she’s in my way. I like it to always be sunny!” said Shine awkwardly.

“I know, but that part of town is in a drought. It can’t always be sunny,” said Zeus.

“Exactly,” said Rain quietly.

“I have some news that I’ve been waiting to share with you until you were older. You two are twin sisters, although you don’t look alike,” said Zeus.

Rain and Shine just stared at each other.

Not knowing what to say, they both thanked Zeus and left.

The next day both of the girls were confuse, so Rain put together a plan and summoned Shine to a meeting. Shine flew to the sky to meet with Rain.

“What if we can create something we both can enjoy, since we’re sisters now?” suggested Rain.

“Okay, like what?” replied Shine.

“If I can make it rain, and you can make it shine after the rain stops, it would be great if we could make something wonderful happen. Why don’t we show how differences can work together to create something beautiful? We can show the colors in a nice ark. What do you think? “ asked Rain.

Shine nodded enthusiastically. “We’ll have to try it together.”

They went to Zeus to tell them their idea and he was pleased to see them finally working together.

Rain tried it the first time but nothing happened. Shine tried it the second time but nothing happened.

“Third time’s a charm!” encouraged Shine.

The third time they joined hands and tried together. It worked – a long line with beautiful colors in the sky of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple appeared and they looked at each other and smiled.

The people that lived on Earth loved the rainbows; Shine and Rain were joyful that the people on Earth liked them so much. So now when it begins to rain and then stops, the sun becomes brighter causing a rainbow to appear. This is a constant reminder of how by working together, anything is possible.

That’s the new myth of how rainbows entered the world.