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Meeting A Mermaid
09.28.15, 8:21 AM
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Most of you know that Lily has a bit of a fascination with mermaids. On Saturday, she had the opportunity to meet one, and I’m sure it’s a day she won’t forget.

The world famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids are currently visiting The Newport Aquarium from their home in Tampa, so we ventured to Cincinnati so that Lily could see them swim and attend one of their meet and greets.

Since we had some time before the first meet and greet, we enjoyed walking through the Aquarium for a bit and eventually got in line to meet “Chelsea” the Mermaid.

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Except for one time when she was four months old, Lily has never sat on Santa or the Easter Bunny’s lap, and she is terrified of mascots or dressed-up characters. She even gets anxiety on Christmas Eve because she’s worried that Santa is going to come into her bedroom. This is how I know that her love of mermaids is not only real, but it is a very deep love. As we were standing in line, Lily waited so patiently without taking her eyes off of Chelsea. As we got closer to the front of line she tapped my leg and said “Mama, do you think Chelsea will let me sit on her lap?”

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So, in Lily’s eyes, Chelsea the Mermaid ranks higher than Santa Claus. I also have to commend Rydan for waiting patiently so that his sister could meet a mermaid. He easily could have complained, but he didn’t. Even when we reached the part of the Aquarium where the mermaids were swimming, and Lily stood in awe for quite some time watching, Rydan let her enjoy the moment. She probably would have stood there all day if we let her.

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Obviously the mermaids were the highlight of Lily’s visit, but we also saw a lot of other cool creatures. Here are just a few…

Gila Monster

Gila Monster

Viper

Viper

Alligator

Alligator

A Sea Otter. This guy thrived on attention from people, and was quite entertaining to watch.

Sea Otter. This guy thrived on attention from people, and was quite entertaining to watch.

Alligator

Alligator

This big guy is over 100 years old.

This big guy is over 100 years old.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Penguins

Penguins

The last part of the Aquarium is a Shark Bridge, which is the only suspension bridge in North America where you can walk just inches above nearly two dozen sharks. You literally have to walk one foot in front of the other as the bridge sways from side to side. Rydan was particularly looking forward to this experience, and it didn’t disappoint.

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On the way home, we had two exhausted, sleeping kiddos, which is always evidence of a good time.

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