It was rumored that Selina’s mother bathed her in a pool “which was a favourite resort of mermaids.” One day, the child “leapt from her arms into the water, and disappeared” for a moment before reappearing. “The mother knew no difference in the child whom she pressed lovingly to her bosom, but all the aged crones in the parish declared it to be a changeling.”
“See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:15
Last week I talked about “meaningful mermaids,” which are mermaids who are used to explain occurrences. But what does the meaningful mermaid have to do with the lessons we talked about? Sometimes nothing. But today I want to show you just how beautifully they can come together…
Once there was a lovely maiden named Selina who lived with her father and mother. Selina was beautiful – so beautiful, the gossips whispered that she was a mermaid changeling (see the snippet above). However, since Selina “showed none of the special qualifications belonging…[to] mermaids, it was almost forgotten” by the time she grew up.
Almost, but not quite. (more…)