I had some time between two doctor’s appointments today; I decided my table needed some live flowers. One of my favorite local shops was near I went in and chose my flowers. I had more time so I wandered around the store. I came upon a display of garden ornaments. My eyes landed upon a cement mermaid.
I was immediately taken back to Christmas in the early 1960s. My dad was not a man of many needs. He often joked when someone asked him what he wanted for Christmas, “a mermaid”. Finally one year one of my uncles purchased a glass aquarium decoration of a mermaid. I could even see the glass green olive jar filled with water that held the joke. I stood soaked in memories. I smiled and paid for my purchases.
This evening as I sat thinking of the old memory of my dad I’ve decided that mermaid needs to find a home in my flower garden. If it’s still available and not too pricy I’ll buy it next week when I go for my follow up appointment. If not, I’ll still have my memories.