Mermaiding in the time of COVID19

2020 has been a real doozy, starting with wildfires and fear of World War 3, and erupting into the year of the plague. At first it was just some foreign disease that seemed no worse than the flu. Here in America, hardly anyone was truly worried right away. I never thought it was going to spread to the US or my area. Then it did spread. EVERYWHERE. They announced that it was a pandemic and the world around us entirely changed. Masks. Social distancing. Hand sanitizer and toilet paper shortages. Mass panic. Then there was lock down.

As stores and schools closed down, business owners were left scrambling, including many professional mermaids. I myself was not yet a professional so, I didn’t bear the same brunt as some mermaids. No contact is hard when your job is swimming and interacting with little kids who get up close to you to talk and take pictures. I have sympathy for all of those mermaids who lost much business.

For me, the lockdown was a time to reflect on where I want to be in life and what I want to do. I’d always known I wanted