Thursday, October 15, 2009

Whale or Mermaid?

This is an awesome email I got from the parent of one of my past students. It's worth reading and makes me thankful that I educate today's children:

It's amazing what the media makes us think of ourselves isn't it?? A friend sent me this and I love it :-) Malinda

Recently, in a large city, a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym.

It read: "THIS SUMMER, DO YOU WANT TO BE A MERMAID OR A WHALE?" A middle aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym. The newspaper article read:

To Whom It May Concern:
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, they get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins, stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Barren Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia . Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist. If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of psychoanalysts due to identity crisis. Fish or human? They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex? Therefore they don't have kids either. Not to mention who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store? The choice is perfectly clear to me, I want to be a whale..

P.S. We are in an age when the media puts into our heads the ideas that only young, skinny and tanned people are beautiful; but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver and a coffee with my friends. With time we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads that when there is no more room it distributes out to the rest of our bodies, ha, ha!

So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy! Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, "Goodness, look how smart I am!"

1 comment:

  1. I love this letter. I would much rather be a whale and enjoy life than be a non-existent mermaid. Well done to the lady that wrote it :)
    Hope you're having a Happy Pink Saturday :)


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