The Abominable Mermaid
This morning’s children’s story in church was by Robert Fulghum, UU minister best known for his book “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” and many others that followed. The synopsis of the story: he was wrangling a group of elementary-age kids to play a game called “Wizards, Giants and Dwarves,” trying to get them to choose their roles, when a little girl asked him, “Where does the mermaid stand?” After failing to convince her that there were no such things as mermaids, he finally wised up and said “Right here, next to the Sea King,” and they presided over the merriment together, hand in hand. He attested that not only did mermaids exist but that he had held one’s hand.
There is even an Abominable Mermaid. My granddaughter Chloe has taken hold of the word “abominable,” not quite clear on its meaning, although we’ve had discussions about the Snowman, Yeti and Bigfoot.
Apparently she’s abominable when she first wakes up, her hair all sea-weedy. I attest that she is real and I have not only held her hand, I’ve splashed with her in the depths of the condo pool.