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PostSubject: The Mermaid Story   Mon Feb 26, 2007 12:58 pm

I came across this essay by Robert Fulghum. I read it many years ago and thought it was really beautiful. It's from his book "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

The Mermaid Story

Giants, wizards, and dwarfs was the game to play.

Being left in charge of about eighty children seven to ten years old, while their parents were off doing parenty things, I mustered my troops in the social hall and explained the game. It's a large-scale version of Rock, Paper, and Scissors, and involves some intellectual decision making. But the real purpose of the game is to make a lot of noise and run around chasing people until nobody knows which side you are on or who won.

Organizing a roomful of wired-up grade-schoolers into two teams, explaining the rudiments of the game, achieving consensus on group identity--all this is no mean accomplishment, but we did it with a right good will and were ready to go. The excitement of the chase had reached a critical mass. I yelled out: "You have to decide now which you are--a GIANT, a WIZARD, or a DWARF!"

While the groups huddled in frenzied, whispered consultation, a tug came at my pants leg. A small girl stood there looking up, and asked in a small, concerned voice, "Where do the Mermaids stand?" A long pause. A very long pause.

"Where do the Mermaids stand?" said I.

"Yes. You see, I am a Mermaid."

"There are no such things as Mermaids."

"Oh, yes, I am one!"

She did not relate to being a Giant, a Wizard, or a Dwarf. She knew her category. Mermaid. And was not about to leave the game and go over and stand against the wall where a loser would stand. She intended to participate, wherever Mermaids fit into the scheme of things, without giving up dignity or identity. She took it for granted there was a place for Mermaids and that I would know just where.

Well, where do the Mermaids stand? All the "Mermaids"--all those who are different, who do not fit the norm and who do not accept the available boxes and pigeonholes? Answer that question, and upon it you can build a school, a nation, or a world.

What was my answer at the moment? Every once in a while I say the right thing. "The Mermaid stands right here by the King of the Sea!" I said. (Yes, right here by the King's Fool, I thought to myself.) So we stood there hand in hand, reviewing the troops of Wizards and Giants and Dwarfs as they roiled by in wild disarray.

It is not true, by the way, that mermaids don't exist. I knew one personally. I held her hand.
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PostSubject: Re: The Mermaid Story   Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:20 pm

Applause I like that Rob.......and I am glad that little girl stood firm with who/what she was!! Thumbsup



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PostSubject: Re: The Mermaid Story   Mon Feb 26, 2007 2:57 pm

Thumbsup Nice story


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PostSubject: Re: The Mermaid Story   Mon Feb 26, 2007 4:42 pm

That was very sweet! Thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: The Mermaid Story   Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:11 pm

Very nice story. :-)
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