Suddenly, over the weekend, Blitzen became completely obsessed with mermaids. As you may have noted from a few of the posts on this blog, Blitzen is an extraordinarily imaginative and creative kid. She is also a wee bit obsessive. So once a new object of fascination takes hold, it is usually 2 to 3 weeks (occassionally longer) of non-stop whatever (guinea pigs, fairies, ice skating, now mermaids). Then she moves on to the next thing. She is still interested in the old things but they no longer consume all of her mental and play energy.
Upon deciding that she really really needed to be a mermaid, Blitzen looked up mermaid tails on the internet with Andrew – you can buy them, apparently, and it is a thing. An expensive thing, actually. There are also many videos illustrating how to make your own mermaid tail. We compromised, bought some bathing suit fabric online and will attempt to create our own mermaid tail. We already traced ourselves to create a pattern. See picture. Now there are a couple of flaws here and I know it – 1) I don’t sew but our babysitter does and I am hoping that she will help 2) we have no where to use our mermaid tail — but we will move forward and hopefully this will be a fun project.
Because of our new interest in mermaids, we’ve been thinking and talking about them a lot.
Blitzen, to me, while she is in the shower, “If you were a mermaid living under the deep blue sea, would you get married?” Me, “Um, yeah, I think if I met a nice merman and fell in love, I might get married.”
Blitzen, to me, during dinner, “Won’t you please, please, please just think about getting a mermaid tail too?” Me, “Um, honey, I just really don’t think I want one and we’re going to be very busy making your tail but if it is really easy and I can find some cheap fabric, I’ll think about it.”
Needless to say, Blitzen was pretty crestfallen when she learned that her mermaid tail would not be suitable attire for swim lessons at the Y. She cheered herself up by deciding it would still be fun in the bathtub.