From the eyes of the mermaids, everything is blue. Surrounded by a cool silence, they swim in a relaxing piece of watery paradise, and from below, it appears as if they are swimming in an ethereal azure sky. You may think that mermaids are only real in fairytales, but fortunately life can sometimes be a "fairytail" too.
|Mermaids aren't real? After you dive in to this story, you may have to think again...|
At this point, you may be skeptical having never seen a mermaid with your own eyes. You may not trust these pictures either, but please wait before you make your final judgement! My childhood dreams (and perhaps that of every little girl who has ever seen The Little Mermaid) came true once on June 18, 2012 when I was transformed into a mermaid for a day while helping at a video shoot held at Rainbow Springs for Eric Ducharme and his mermaids. That night, I wrote "A Mermaid's Tail", which includes "How to become a mermaid (in 10 easy steps!)" and decided that my life would never be the same. And it certainly has not. Call me crazy, but since that day, I have dreamed of having my own tail. Yes, my friend Danielle and I swim in the springs, taking pictures and dolphin kicking around in our long flippers practically every weekend and call this "mermaiding," but for the full effect, tails are necessary. And on October 11, 2013, my dreams came true for the second time, thanks to my very own amazing prince.
|Greg and I at Gilchrist Blue Spring :)|
Greg set up a surprise treasure hunt that took me all over the entire Ginnie Springs property on my birthday - and at the end, there was a gift certificate to get my own personalized tail from The Mertailor Eric Ducharme! I sent in a crazy number of measurements (ankle, thigh, calf, and knee circumference, waist, hips, shoe size, etc.), and by mid-November, I received my tail in the mail. Greg, you are truly too amazing.
|My tail arrived mid-week and I anxiously (barely) made it through the rest of the week of school (yes, mermaids have day jobs and for this one, it's being a PhD student - thankfully my field work is in the springs… sans tail, but I'll take it). On Friday, November 22, 2013, while New England was amidst a chilly winter and it crossed nobody else's mind to head to Gilchrist Blue Springs, Greg and I did just that.|
Slipping into my tail on the dock, I lost my legs and became useless on land; I was left with no choice but to slide into the water. With a big breath, a little leap of faith, and a few flicks of my tail, I was off into another watery world.
|As I slipped into the water, Greg wasn't far behind with the GoPro. A huge thank you to him for being not only the best boyfriend in the world but also for capturing this beautiful day using the GoPro!|
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|Wait… where did the mermaid go?! Above water, I guess they disappear ;)|
|Special thanks to "Again and Again" handmade bags (made from recycled sails!) of Gloucester, MA for my fantastic mermaid bag!! You can check out their website to see all of their unique products made of sails using this link.|