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Interview with a Mermaid

As introverts go, I really enjoy meeting new and interesting people. It’s a big reason I stay on WordPress as I have met many here. I think one is reading this post right now!

Last week as I was stalking strolling WordPress and reading some stuff when I actually ran across a Mermaid, I mean a real live Mermaid, the Chubby Mermaid! chubby-mermaid

Go figure? I mean, why not here on WordPress, right? 

I was pretty excited, living on the coast and being a beach bum myself. And some of you may know another one in the family that likes Mermaids, ah…ah…ah:

Dylan w Ariel, Eric and King Triton

So I thought this was pretty cool. I checked out the Mermaid’s blog and it was probably a little of what I expected as it was not a usual human type of blog. She has a different kinda outlook plus a very optimistic and whimsical spirit to her. Never mind the title to her blog, this blog is phat! (Sorry, the pun was there I had to take it)

I told my daughters about finding a real live mermaid and their eyes lit up! “What daddy? You found a real mermaid in the computer?”   

Being the good dad that people seem to think I am, I tried to think of how to get some sort of way for my kids to meet this mermaid.

Skype was out as Skype doesn’t get under water I found. Something about the frequency waves and all the Skype spam it carries.

So I thought….

A demanding pair of girls ‘virtually’ would not give up. Humoring both the girls I asked, “What would you say to a mermaid if you met one?” They thought about it and came up with a wide range of questions.

Inspired, I hurriedly scribbled some down and thought maybe this mermaid would like to answer my girls’ questions personally. So I sent questions to her. Not surprisingly, this gracious mermaid found the time to reply to my girls with some answers and her positive outlook on life from the sea:

 Interview With A Mermaid:

1.   Everyone has a name, what is your real name? My name is Dylan. What’s yours? (after I told her the Mermaid I found was called the Chubby Mermaid)

This is some pretty top secret stuff…..I’ve never told any of my computer friends my name before. 🙂

My name is  Ambra

2.     Where do you live?

I live at the end of the street from the water  in a Texas city very close to the bottom of the United States.

Ambra's Home

This is what I see every night from where I live.  I love pretty lights…..don’t you?

3.     How do you make cups?

 I’ve been wondering that for so long too…..I don’t really know but isn’t this cool

4.     What did you have for breakfast today?

 I had some extra strong coffee and lots of whip creme 🙂  Shhh, don’t tell my mom.

5.     Do you ever wish you were a person and got 2 legs like Ariel?

I used to wish that all the time.  Then I realized that being a mermaid is neat….and maybe there are a lot of things I won’t ever get to do because I don’t have legs but there’s an awful lot of people that might like to be a mermaid too.  So that makes me feel pretty lucky!

6.     What does Autumn mean? I’m not sure…

 Autumn is a really pretty time of year where everything changes colors and it gets a little cooler outside.  It is also the time of year where we go back to school  and make friends and learn things.

7.     Do you know Ariel?     Ariel

Of course.  I see her every year at the mermaid parade  at Coney Island.  The mermaid parade is a great big family reunion for mermaids.  She is very sweet and a great mommy.  Her favorite color is purple and she is a fantastic singer.

8.     And there’s a bad person named Ursula. Do you know her?

I’ve never met her….Thank goodness.  But you’ll be happy to hear that no mermaid has seen or heard from her in a very very long time. 🙂 


9.     Is it cold where you live? It got really cold here today.

It isn’t very cold at all. Today the sun was shining and  the water was warm. It was 73 degrees outside.  I almost never have to go outside with a coat.  Which is good….I don’t think I’ve ever met a mermaid that likes to wear a coat. I don’t even own one right now

10.  How are, um, How do you play football?

I don’t even know what football is???  It sounds hard….maybe even impossible.

11.  Is school fun? I start school next year.

School is extra fun.  You get to try new things and meet many different kinds of people.  You also get to sing songs, play on playgrounds, read books, color, play instruments, and learn many important things that will make you super smart.

12.  Do you have to hold your nose underwater? I still hafta hold my nose.

 Nope- I don’t hold my nose at all.  But I do  blow lots of bubbles through my nose underwater.  Its fun!  Do you ever do that?  It can get silly and it makes swimming a whole bunch easier.

13.  What is your favorite (TV) show? Mine is the Winks Club. And Batman. And Sponge Bob Square Pants

I don’t really get good reception in my fishtank 😦  but I do sometimes watch movies about acrobats and dancers. This girl hula hoops so well…. 

14.  Do you like parties? (she just had one in her bedroom)

Yeah I like parties—-especially parties where everyone dresses up.  You should have a party where everyone dresses like a mermaid!! That would be really fun! I could help with that too! : )

15.  What does Mermaid mean?

It basically means ocean lady.

16.  What does Water mean?


17.  Are you a Princess Mermaid?

Not technically — but sometimes I realize how lucky  I am and  it makes me feel like a pretty magical princess.  Do you ever feel that way? 

18.  Why are monsters bad?

I don’t think all monster are bad…..I think they look funny…but they aren’t all bad.  I bet there are a lot more nice ones than there are bad ones.

good monsters

19.  Do you like to sing?

YES!!!! I love to sing!  It is one of my favorite things to do.  Singing always makes me feel happy….. 

Here is a video of me singing with my puppies!! 

20.  Why does Skylar (her sister) not know how to make pictures?

Maybe she is waiting till she is a little older and for her sweet sister to show her how! 🙂

Thanks so much for your answers and comments Ambra (I hate calling you the Chubby Mermaid) and taking time out of your busy day. My girls want to meet you more than ever now! We’ll have to work on that one.

Some of you may know I turned 50 this year. I actually did the 50 year male physical this morning. Do any of you know what all that encompasses? All sorts of insertions and body invasions, some of which the doctor says, are so uncomfortable that they will actually put me to sleep for some.” WHAT?!

It makes me wish I was a mermaid, er, merman, and get out of some of this stuff. So let’s keep our waters clean of toxins and foreign objects so our new friend,  Ambra and all the other merpeople, so they don’t have to worry about their health too. They’ll only have to worry about Ursula.

Have a great day Ambra!

Tell Ariel that Dylan and Skylar said Hello!

Dylan asks, “How did you get on land to play the guitar?”

…more questions I’m afraid 🙂

Party Time!!!

Wait. Wait. Wait!  Put the 5 Hour Energy and the Monster Fuel away. This is not going to be an all-nighter (it better not) I was catching up on some reading and projects when my 4 year old came over and told me its “Party Time!”

This time she means business. She came over and cornered me with her posse, Ariel, Eric and King Triton. There was no getting out of this one!

I explained, “I still have some work to do”!

Dylan put on her sad heartbreak face, as she looked down to the floor with her somber look, barely showing her eyes from beneath her hair hanging down.

I said, “But I have nothing to wear!”

So Dylan pulls out her Dora costume for me; a red halter top and baggie genie pants.

I told her, “This will never fit me!” I tried on the red halter top (please don’t picture this!) And sure enough it was too small.

So Dylan ran to get her Tinker Bell outfit for me.

Sorry! Ain’t gonna be no stinkin’ fairy I thought. Feeling the peer pressure I thought I would humor her. Sure enough, it was not going to fit either. I tried!

“Well daddy why don’t to try dis on?” she says, handing me her pink tu-tu from last Valentines day.

Darn! She got me that time as it was a tie-string format. I reluctantly agreed. ~sorry no pictures of this!

Dylan gathered her friends put them in the lil’ shopping cart she got for Christmas and said, “Come on dad, its dis way to the party.” as she walked back the hallway.

I still had so much work to do I knew I didn’t dare ‘throw down’ like days of old. What to do? She had me. I drew a heavy sigh of relief as I saw where the party was going… back to Grandma’s room, a.k.a. her nap room.

So I told her of the great kinds of parties we had when I was a kid (when we still lived by candlelight). I told her they were the best parties, the most popular ones….Slumber parties! And I explained the concept to her.

I told her, her and her friends could sit around and talk about who they liked and who liked them. And when they wake up we would have pizza for everyone; it’ll only be 5:00pm, so no pancakes this time.

The party crew: Dylan, holding Ariel in her PJ’s, Eric, and King Triton

Seeing she’s buying into this I threw in how I would take some pictures ( I really needed some blog fodder) so that her and her friends could share and save the party forever. As my parents did, I warned her there was to be no talking after I turned out the lights and checked for any flashlights in the room; and cell phones, or games, lip gloss, small computers ~ its so cool to be a kid now a days!    She said, “OK”.

They slipped on their jammies and I put a finger to my mouth, saying “Hush, be quiet. I don’t want to come back here and see you girls talking after I leave.”

Dylan gave me a nod but then sprang up, as in another attempt to postpone the inevitable, and said, “I still hafta go potty!”

You girls better be sleeping back there!

I asked, ” who else in here needs to go potty?” But the room was silent.

She went. She did. She went back to the slumber party with out incident and I shut the door hoping to get some work done in the quiet. Another party under my belt (sigh) Just in time I thought. No more life in the fast lane for me

Wait. Hold on a second. Do I hear boys back there?

She never ceases to amaze me!

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