How to Raise a Mermaid (when you live 2,000 miles from an ocean).

We really should have known. Our youngest, Caroline, isn’t a normal child, thank goodness! She’s a free-spirited, always smiling, smart, clever kid who loves riddles, pets, friends, her family, sports, “organizing things”, arts and crafts, biking, math and more than anything else….

Water.

Most summers, we simply buy her an assortment of swimsuits to wear. There’s always someone with a sprinkler, backyard pool or trip to a pool or beach around. And she finds ’em. When we check into a hotel or campground, she finds the pool or beach first. Forget the joy of seeing a room or camping site. It’s all about the water for our Care Bears.

On our recent camping trip to Itasca State Park, this was most evident. More about that trip in this post.

Happily perched at the front of the pontoon.
Happily perched at the front of the pontoon.
Always the first one to dive into the deep.
Always the first one to dive into the deep.
Pure joy.
Pure joy (just like her!).

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Most people walk across the Headwaters of the Mississippi.

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Cara dove right in and literally started swimming down the river! Greg nervously pointed out the rocks. I just smiled and said we’d pick her up in New Orleans in August. Rocks, pah. She could handle the locks, dams and rapids, too. What a mermaid.

The Itasca beach was a short bike ride from our campsite. She shut down the place every night. She was the absolute last one out of the water, even after the sun had slipped behind the beautiful H2O horizon.

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Clean lil sis, all wrapped up in a towel before swims.
Clean lil sis, all wrapped up in a towel between swims.

Addendum

The day after our Itasca trip, we headed to North Dakota for a week. Our Cara’s first request? The Water Park.

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Raising a mermaid isn’t so hard. You just need to be near water at all times. Which isn’t a bad way to live life for us land-lubbers either, huh?

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