DO YOU BELIEVE IN MERMAIDS?
I didn’t but I do now. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MERMAIDS? Age 15 and looking for the first job. Not knowing what to expect, peering over the reception desk to see if the Mermaid was the place. It turned out to be somewhere that would literally save me. Becoming a childhood sanctuary from the turmoil of adolescence. Being the 80’s young people that didn’t move with the flow or were “different” were ignored. Had it been now the diagnosis would have been ADHD, ADD or just plain neurotic. A building that couldn’t have a more appropriate name. Mermaid Inn is a beautiful building, however that is so not the point, just the irony.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MERMAIDS?
A couple of years passed and a first taste of a social life. In the first place I was ignorant to the concept of why the Mermaid was called so. The beauty draws you there, however once you are caught she draws you back to crash on the rocks again. The point being that we can think a building is a safe haven when actually it’s the energy within that draws us back. Two World Wars, Hawkhurst Gang, French invaders all survived. Standing in all her glory she is a testament to no challenge is too big for her. Trust Boris Johnson to give the old girl a run for her money!
CAN BORIS AND COVID BRING HER TO HER KNEES? NOT A CHANCE !!
Middle age crept up on me like a sneaky rain shower and life, for various reasons , decided to shatter around my feet. As a result she called me to the rocks once more and return was an exciting turn of events. Would it be the same ? YEP. Feeling that not only would she save me but the feeling that a storm would hit our Mermaid and be one of the biggest she’s faced. As a result the bond between she and I became even stronger. Brexit, Boris and Covid 19! Being back meant that acceptance and self awareness was a lesson to hit me like Boris was to hit her.
SHE NOW HAD TWO MERMAIDS AT THE HELM!!
Further irony and two mermaids now owning the Mermaid “family”. Indeed it is not always blood that makes us family but we all have chosen family. What have I learnt this time round? Home is the people and energy within. The past energies over her 600 year life that add to the mix of characters as unique 32 years ago. Take away the building and the “Mermaid” will still being alive and kicking. Can a mere politician with bad hair bring her down? The idea is bloody ridiculous. She will prevail. Needless to say there will be sacrifices made by all of us. Personally speaking it’s only right that some form of sacrifice from this returning mermaid should be at the top of the list. Her survival is the most important goal for now. She was my survival four years ago when she called me home again.
SHE WILL SAVE MANY MORE RESTLESS SOULS
Young people with restless souls need an anchor. The generation of ADD and the like just need anchorage. The Mermaid family certainly anchored my restless soul. She is now an anchor for my youngest daughter. A definite chip from the old block she recently became the newest member of diverse and restless energies to join the rich mix of characters. Was crashing on the rocks of the Mermaid a bad turn for my life to take twice? …….NEVER