A few days ago, Julianna received a wonderful gift…
…and the mermaid tail begat a mermaid tale.
Julianna, sitting in her pink cart, declared “ Hello! I’m Julianna. I’m a mermaid. “
Like all good stories, the tale of how Julianna the mermaid came to land was revealed layer by layer. My thoughts in italics.
J: I was blown in from a storm. I was at the surface, and then the wind took me and BLEW me right onto your deck! And I said “Oh, what’s this? Where am I?” And then I opened the door and I was shocked – there were humans! I’ve never seen a mom and dad to live with before…
J: I’m just an orphan from the sea. (Seriously, where does she get this stuff? So dramatic!)
J: And their last name was Snow, and my last name is Snow. It’s like I was meant for this family. (Notice how she’s talking about us – to us.)
We adopted her, of course — even though the details of her orphan status were somewhat murky.
M: And what happened to your parents?
J: Her voice is grave and quiet — Mom, mermaids die sometimes.
M: Oh, so your parents died?
M: And you were all alone?
M: You poor thing. How long have you been alone?
J: thinks for a few seconds — 22 days.
As bedtime approached, the conversation shifted.
J: Do you have any rooms?
M: Yes, we have several rooms.
J: Do you have any soft, pretty rooms?
M: Most of our rooms are plain, but we do have one pink, sparkly princess room. But you’re a mermaid, not a princess – would that bother you?
J: I’m a princess mermaid! I like pink!
We wheeled our princess mermaid into her new room.
J: Ooh, I’ve never seen pink sparkly walls like this before!
We put her in bed:
J: Ooh, this bed is so soft. My shell bed in the sea was hard.
What’s that black thing? (looks at the TV)
M: A TV.
J: A TV? What’s that?
And it went on and on:
J: What is that thing? It’s Hello Kitty, you say? Why does she not have a mouth? (It’s true – HK doesn’t’ have a mouth)…Have you heard of something called a book? I tried to make one out of seaweed in the ocean, but it did NOT go well. I’ve never had anyone read a book to me before…Is this a ponytail in my hair? I’ve never had a ponytail before! I couldn’t do this at sea… Can you turn on the black thing? So this is what TV is!
When it was finally bedtime (turning on “the black thing” pushed things back a while – clever mermaid trick), J tried to convince us to let her keep her tail on all night.
J: But mom, I’m a mermaid!!
M: Sorry – you can’t wear this all night.
After a few of these exchanges,
J: OK – Let me tell you something. I have a secret
J: whispers — I can turn into a human
J: shrugs her shoulders – I just do.
M: OK, so you can be a human for the night, and you can switch back to being a mermaid in the morning?
The tail came off. I tucked J in and settled into the chair next to her bed. After about 10 minutes,
J: Mom, come here.
J: I have to tell you something.
M: OK. I walk over to her.
J: I’m still a mermaid even though I have legs.
Can you guess what this is?
Animal stickers on green foam? Yes, but the J-inspired version is better:
The green foam is J’s “Handy-Pack” (which is her version of an iPad). She asked us to put the animal pictures on her Handy-Pack and told us that she was FaceTiming with the animal shelter.
CMTA fundraising update:
Thanks to your generosity, we have raised over $2000 in just a few days. Our total is now just shy of $17,000!! This is amazing. Thank you, thank you.
The number should go higher soon. A few weeks ago, World Class Martial Arts in Camas, WA held a fundraiser for CMTA in Julianna’s honor. This is Alex participating in the “Board Break-A-Thon.” (video editing by Steve). WCMA raised over $3000 for CMTA.