Mermaid in America

We took a brief break from all things Halloween to take a special trip down to the aquarium in New Orleans.  The reason?  Some of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids were making a guest appearance.  And anyone who’s read my blog for a while knows that Stella has had a deep and long-running love affair with mermaids that goes above and beyond any affection for the Disney princess version for years now.

So Saturday morning we loaded up, Stella in her now-way-too-small pink mermaid costume (Note to self: we totally need a new mermaid costume, particularly since the side seam of this one gave up on life on our trip), and hit the road for NOLA.    We kept it a secret so that she thought it was a typical trip to the aquarium.  Her little mind was blown.

She stayed glued to that glass for at least 15 minutes

She stayed glued to that glass for at least 15 minutes

Note the divers nearby...

Note the divers nearby…

with sticks, to discourage any sharks or larger fish that become a bit too inquisitive!

with sticks, to discourage any sharks or larger fish that become a bit too inquisitive!

I was a bit disappointed, as I had wanted to get that look immortalized on camera – her expression when she first saw the mermaid swimming in the huge Gulf of Mexico tank alongside sharks and turtles.  The way the room was set up, it just wasn’t possible.  But she was so excited.  So to any Weeki Wachee readers out there, thanks for letting us borrow some mermaids!  It was a once in a lifetime experience for my little girl.

This guy was a hoot.  Felix thought the beard was Santa-like.  I said "yeah, like Santa with a fish tail."  Neptune was a good sport about it.

This guy was a hoot. Felix thought the beard was Santa-like. I said “yeah, like Santa with a fish tail.” Neptune was a good sport about it.

Stella totally thinks mermaids are real now.  And you know what?  I’m not inclined to burst that bubble.  She believes in Santa and the Easter Bunny after all.  Why not mermaids?

This was so worth the trip!

This was so worth the trip!

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About larva225

Working mom. Is there any other kind? Geologist. Nerd.
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