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.”


    • 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.


  2. thanks for turning me onto your blog!


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


    • 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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