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Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Mermaid on the prairie

As a child, I picked up a strange fascination with mermaids. Where this came from, I have no recollection at this point. It was way before the animated, "The Little Mermaid" or "Splash" with Daryl Hannah. There must have been some TV show or story I read that had a mermaid in it.

I knew the chances of me going to the ocean to see a mermaid were practically nil. And, being firmly rooted in reality, I also knew that there weren't any mermaids in the lakes and rivers here on the prairie. But, I just couldn't give up the idea of getting to meet a mermaid somehow. I had it really bad.

So, I did the next best thing. I made my younger brother dress up as a mermaid. Unfortunately, we didn't have any mermaid costumes laying around the house. That was easily corrected by making him put both of his legs into one leg of my pajama bottoms. The resulting effect was that he had the mermaid moves down perfectly.

After doing this a couple times, he finally refused to do it any more. I guess it was just no fun for him, even though I was thoroughly entertained.

I have long since given up my fascination with mermaids. But, every once in a while, I do wonder if he would be willing to do it again.

Posted by Marie at June 3, 2003 11:13 PM


I would do it for you...

But seriously, folks...Perhaps your fascination began with the actual story by Hans Christian Andersen (that Disney's "The Little Mermaid" was loosely based on)? I always loved the story when I was young, and this statue in Copenhagen is a lasting image in my mind from childhood (mainly because it was the photo on the front of my copy of the book!).

Posted by: Jeff at June 4, 2003 9:23 AM

Are you taking volunteers? Write me.

Posted by: T-Rex at June 4, 2003 1:56 PM