Salt, check — sea shells (2), check — fancy potion bottle, check — underwater video camera to film the action, check
Posts Tagged ‘mermaids’
At dinner last night, Blitzen was telling us about a new game she made up with 2 of her more imaginative friends. She was the mom, a mermaid mom, of course, and her kids were werewolves.
Andrew interrupts, “Um, wait, you are a mermaid but your kids are werewolves?”
Blitzen looks at Andrew like this is obvious, “Yeah, because their dad was a werewolf.”
Andrew continues, “Who played the dad the werewolf?”
Blitzen again looks at Andrew like he is a little bit dense, “Nobody. Who knows where the dad werewolf is, and who cares?!? Anyway... so my werewolf daughters have to save me before I die,” she explains.
Then I interject,” You have so much imagination, Blitzen. I wonder if I had that much imagination in 4th grade.” I cast around in my brain – what did you play at recess in 4th grade? And then it hits me, I hung out with my good friend Jennie O and we played, you are not going to believe this, Seawees. Anybody else remember seawees? Jennie O and I smuggled them to school in our pockets (nobody had backpacks then) — they were petite mermaids with fabulously colored hair and we made up these really elaborate seawee scenarios under the lone tree (scrub bush really) in our hot, hot, dry, dry Arizona playground.
So clearly the whole mermaid thing got transferred to Blitzen by osmosis.
Um, so, I thought we were shaking the whole mermaid tail thing but oh no, Blitzen found a fresh crop of mermaid tail how-to videos as well as some mermaid potion recipes on youtube and we are back at it full force.
Blitzen has spent the past 48 hours or so creating a mermaid tail from an old pair of pajama bottoms, duct tape and cardboard. God bless my mother-in-law who is here for a visit and to help us fill the childcare gap before school starts on Monday. She has been Blitzen’s primary duct tape tail partner. They are on our 3rd roll of duct tape and the two of them just keep on cutting and taping, cutting and taping. And of course, they are video taping the process for posterity as well as to educate others.
I might add that there are currently 6 glasses of mermaid potion sitting on my counter – ingredients include food coloring, a pinch of sugar, water and a seashell. Many magical incantations have been spoken, fingers and hands have been waved over the top – now we are just waiting for them to ‘cure’. Apparently, it takes 3 days for a mermaid potion to ripen….
On Thursday, this family will officially be on vacation for 11 super relaxing days. (I hope, I hope, I hope it is super relaxing.)
We are heading out west – a quick stop in Phoenix to see Andrew’s dad and then on to San Diego for a week with my parents and siblings and nieces and nephew. We will swim in the pool and go to the beach and make a journey up to Disneyland. I am looking forward to shopping at the farmers market, cooking and reading. Can’t wait!
Blitzen packed her bags early, of course, but not as early as our first vacation. She loaded a tote bag with her on the airplane essentials – ipad, snack bag, american girl doll, and of course (because it doesn’t fit into her suitcase) her monofin for her mermaid tale.
My favorite item is my mermaid tail. It makes me feel like I am home. It gives me a shiver. When I am swimming, all I care about is swimming in my tail.
Last Thursday was Poem in Your Pocket Day and the children at Blitzen’s school composed poems and read them to friends, teachers and strangers throughout the day.
My Necklace by the Wonderful Blitzen
I like my necklace
It sings in the wind
It tells me to go swim
It tells I am a mermaid
I go swimming
Blitzen is teaching a special course at school to the other kids called Oceania. It is all about the ocean and how to make mermaid tails. Yesterday was the first day and she told me, with much surprise in her voice, that only girls signed up. I am not sure why the 3rd grade boys don’t want to make their very own mermaid tail but it is a little shocking that they didn’t join the course in droves. Anyway, I am sure that Blitzen will enjoy the experience of designing a class about her favorite thing and sharing the joys with her friends. And as an added bonus, her two favorite grownup teachers are working with her.
When I think back to a year ago, when poor Blitzen was melting down and running out of the classroom every day after hours of frustrating test prep, I just shudder. What a difference.
I was reading to Blitzen a few nights ago, a new book that we were really enjoying, called To Catch a Mermaid. She was very engaged as she almost always is at storytime. And suddenly, she started sobbing – real, sad tears. When I asked her why she was, quite suddenly, so very upset, she replied, “I want the characters in books to be real but they are only imaginary.”
Ah, yes, I understand. I’ve felt this way many a time. I have often self-medicated through literature - completely lost myself at sad or trying times in books. Since bedtime is one of Blitzen’s more difficult times of day in terms of anxiety and fear, it is no wonder that she longs for storytime to go on and on, diving so deeply into the books, giving over her imagination and attention completely to the characters.