Most girls grow up watching Disney Princess movies like "Cinderella" and "Frozen." Some even say they want to be a princess when they get older. Unfortunately, "The Princess Diaries" doesn't really happen in real life and boys won't kiss you to wake you up from a spell (that's now called sexual assault). But what if I told you that there are real mermaids out there?
Believe it or not, people actually dress up and do mermaid performances for parties, photo shoots, or just for fun at the beach. And this isn't some recent trend. The Weeki Wachee mermaids have been around in a small town in Florida since the 1940s.
They currently have 17 mermaids and 2 princes that kids can write letters to. They'll even send an autographed photo back to each kid and post their videoed reaction to opening each letter on social media!
Another amazing thing they do for children is offer a summer camp where kids can go and learn to be a mermaid or merman. If I had lived closer I totally would have gone.
This is an actual profession. People have found a way to make a job out of their passion which is more than many can say. I applaud these women (and men!) for making theirs and many children's dreams come true. They bring magic and happiness into a world darkened with hate. I strive to make the sort of impact they make every single time they go to work.
Not to mention that swimming with your legs bound together is hard. They can even eat and drink underwater! They are extremely talented to be able to do all their amazing water tricks.
I'm hoping to one day get to see these mermaids in action and I recommend all my water-loving friends do the same!