Mike Duran mentioned his Mermaid ornaments, to which he got a negative comment. Here’s my response.
“Becasuse [sic] really, NOTHING says “the Messiah is born!!” like a half fish half woman wearing shells for clothing.”
One of the symbols early Christians used to denote Jesus was the fish. I collect mermaids, write stories about mermaids. To me mermaids are a symbol of myself as a Christian–I’m a woman but I’m transformed by the Fish into something mystical and wonderful.
I have always loved mermaids and am myself transfixed by water. A fountain burbles in the great room of my house; bells floating in the current ding against one another in gentle music.
My Wales book, my central work, is born out of mermaids. A mermaid is the center of the story as well as the catalyst. But it’s probably not what you think.
Mermaids are popular now, riding the crest of the paranormal romance wave, and I’m shy about them precisely because they mean so much to me. But I am compelled by the idea of mermaids, the idea of those who truly belong no place on this earth because they’ve been half transformed.