Hello again! Happy July! I hope my fellow Americans had a safe and wonderful Independence Day. I also hope all of my Canadian friends did the same on Canada Day. Anyway, about a week ago, I was searching through some of my old files from my Eastfield (community college) days looking for a particular poem when I ran across a list of interview questions I had to create for one of my classes. One of those questions brought back some memories. The question was “If you could transform into any creature (real, mythical, extinct, or otherwise), what would it be and why?” For some reason, it always seemed to make whoever I asked stop and really think hard. Even the teacher remarked that it was an odd and creative question. Which was weird, because it’s the type of thing that I think about all the time. Maybe it was because I didn’t set up any rules (no time limit, no information on whether the change is permanent, etc.). I left everything up to the person being asked. Or maybe I’m just weird. But I thought I’d take the chance to answer the question myself, since I never have before.
So, if I could transform into any creature (real, mythical, extinct, or otherwise), what would it be and why? That one has always been a no-brainer for me. Of course, I would be a mermaid. The “why” is a little more complicated. I mean, aside from the fact that they’re awesome and Ariel was nuts to give up her fins for a man, what other reasons do I need? Fine, we can get personal I guess.
First, and contrary to popular opinion, I actually love water. I miss being able to go swimming immensely, not that I could actually swim, it was more of a vertical doggie paddle. But yeah, I liked being in water because it gave me much more control over my body (I could walk, and move my arms, and stretch beyond my comfort zone without having to worry about someone assisting me and pushing me too far/breaking something, etc.). So, the attraction to water led to an early love of mermaids. Then came the whole gills versus lungs thing. My lungs suck, so gills became even more attractive as I got older. But I swear my attraction to mermaids is mostly because they are magical and gorgeous and so fecking cool.
It’s not like I want to be a mermaid all the time, though. So, the power to switch back and forth would be a must. At least in the beginning. Who knows, I might enjoy exploring the sea so much that I eventually never want to come back. Or I might hate it. Either way, I want the option. Maybe I’d have a limited number of swaps (like maybe five or something; always an odd number so I’d be forced to choose human on the fourth or whatever try, but always have that lingering option to go mermaid forever) to make things more exciting. I should probably write about mermaids more often. Story idea: cripple turns into mermaid. Must eventually choose between life on land or at sea. Adventures and peril abound. I could totally write that.
What about you? What creature would you choose? Is it a no-brainer or do you have to think about it? And yes, staying human is an option as long as you explain your reasoning. It doesn’t have to be a deep, thoughtful reason either. Go with your gut!
See you next week!