Mermaid’s Garden

As a child, I used to fantasize that I was a mermaid (this was before the days of Ariel and her movie), happily flipping my tail and swimming with friendly creatures in a magical underwater garden. It was a little bit like popping the Santa bubble when I found out that the ocean wasn’t such a friendly environment and that the creatures of the sea actually EAT each other. But the imagination is a separate, wonderful place after all, and in that place, I can still have it the way I used to see it.

The same goes for visiting an aquarium. Harmony reigns in the underwater caverns of an aquarium—at least as far as the visitor can see. And I can still imagine myself cavorting contentedly with sleek sharks, relaxed rays, jostling jellyfish and all the other inhabitants in my mermaid’s garden.

Last weekend I attended an after-hours party at the Waikiki Aquarium—a little gem on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Once through the door, I headed straightaway for the galleries, leaving the people to chitchat, and, in the outdoor exhibit, the monk seal fast asleep (whiskers twitching and snoring loudly, I might add). Inside, the cute orange-and-white clownfish (remember “Finding Nemo?”) were darting in and out of the venomous tentacles of their host and home, the anemone; the spotted jellyfish were, as always, pulsing gracefully up and down in their tank; and the octopus had come out from behind the rocks and was in a playful mood (either that, or it was giving me some secret octopus signal that said “get lost lady”).

In any event, I enjoyed some alone time with my childhood friends before going back out to rejoin the adult world.

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6 thoughts on “Mermaid’s Garden

  1. Living in DC, I often find myself taking my daughter to aquariums – you’ve captured the subconscious rationale perfectly in this post. Keep up the great work and I enjoy reading your posts thoroughly! “Harmony reigns in the underwater caverns of an aquarium—at least as far as the visitor can see.”

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    • Thank you for the kind words, and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the posts. It’s always rewarding to meet another aquarium junkie, and I take it that your daughter is fascinated, too. Another budding mermaid, perhaps? If you get to Honolulu, I do hope you’ll stop in and see the Waikiki Aquarium. At 108 years and going strong, it’s the second oldest in the U.S.

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  2. thanks for turning me onto your blog!

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  3. Found it. But you don’t mention your love story here…except you love of the aquarium.

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    • Yes, this one was just about the aquarium. I suppose I should do a write up on the love story since it’s kind of unique. Ok, Lara, thanks for the prompt. I’ll work on it🙂

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