What about Mermaids?

by Rick on February 13, 2020

Calling forty-eight 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders together in the gym, I divided them into multi-age groups, defined the rules of “Giants, Wizards and Dwarfs” (a game like rock-paper-scissors), and said, “Now decide which you are: Giants, Wizards or Dwarfs.”

While the groups huddled in murmuring agitation to make their decision, a small voice at my side asked,
“Where do Mermaids stand?”

“Where do Mermaids stand?” I replied.

“Yes. I am a Mermaid. Where do Mermaids stand?”

“There are no such things as Mermaids,”

“Yes, there are. I am a Mermaid.”

Ah yes. A Mermaid. I had to think fast. What’s can a Mermaid do? What if there is no place for a Mermaid?

“Well, I am so glad you showed up. I am Neptune, the god of the sea. Would you please keep me company? Would mind standing here with me?”

“Fine,” she said.

But that felt wrong, so I said: “If you see a good thing to do, let me know.”

The game began in full fury all over the gym. Then a boy fell down crying. The mermaid went over to him, helped him to the sidelines. In a few minutes he was back in the game.

By the end of the game. The mermaid had rescued seven.


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