I originally joined Twitter to promote my goldmermaid.com web site which contains my collection of articles on New England cities and towns. In order to build an audience, I tended to accept practically all follow requests, while sending out several of my own. As my number of contacts grew, tweets began to come in so quickly that most were missed. I would assume that anything I send now gets read by very few people.
Still, Twitter is a great place to see what people think about a particular subject. Using the Twitter search feature limits the display to the topic of your choice. A search for the word 'mermaid' brings up a surprising number of matches. A large number of them are related to the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid, but many of the tweets are quite entertaining.
"OMG they sell mermaid tails."
This tweet was posted just this morning. I expect that someone is about to turn into a mermaid!
"I want to be a mermaid so bad."
Another one from today. Won't be many people left on the land pretty soon.
"Conference call is finally over. Going to the beach and not surfacing until I'm a mermaid."
This one brings up an important fact: Swimming is very relaxing. Get your tail wet! Swimming pool or ocean, it doesn't matter. Too cold? Even swimming in Second Life can help relax you.
"There are plenty of fish in the sea. and dolphins. and crustaceans. and sea lions. I won't settle till I find a mermaid."
One of my favorite mermaid movie lines is from Aquamarine, "We're not mythical, we're discreet!" Mermaids are certainly not as discreet as they used to be.
"Finding a Bigfoot is not so hard. Try finding a mermaid. I've been searching the oceans for 30 years and not seen one yet."
At least he hasn't given up!
"'But I'm a mermaid! I can't go into time out!', says the upset 3 year old."
Yes, rare sea creatures should get a break every now and then.
"I wish I were a mermaid so I could swim around all day singing about how I want legs."
That seems to be the way it is. In most of the mermaid stories, the mermaid wants to be human. Meanwhile, the humans want to be mermaids and mermen. Don't go to the sea-witch, Ariel! She never listens.
"Seaweed excellent healthy kid snack option as can be positioned as 1) mermaid food or 2) dinosaur food."
One of my favorites. This person has a great future in sales.
"Is it perverse to feed the kids fish fingers while they watch The Little Mermaid?"
It's okay, as long as you don't serve dog food when they watch 101 Dalmations.
"Four year old was sad all the way home cause she's not a mermaid. We're not talking Halloween, the kid really wants to live in the sea."
Forget the dolls and other toys. Get this child a mermaid tail and a kiddie pool, and you'll have one happy little girl.
Mermaid Fest takes place on Friday, February 3rd, at The Florida Aquarium. Doors open at 6pm. Visit mermaidfest.com for more information!
Best wishes and starfishes,
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com