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What Do the Five Enchanted Mermaids Wish For in 2023?

From all of us at Five Enchanted Mermaids, we wish you and your family a happy holiday!

As we round out 2022, here is a little story you might like to read to your children.

Miss Molly, the Atargatis school teacher, was married to a TV producer called Mr. Octo. (Yes, he is an octopus as well).

As they entered the first weeks of December, he told his wife that he wanted to make a Christmas show in which he would interview each of the Five Enchanted Mermaids.

She was curious, “What will you ask them about?”

He waved several of his tentacles, “A bunch of things but I want to focus on what they are wishing for 2023. What would they like to see as we enter the new year?”

Miss Molly nodded her approval.

The next day, Mr. Octo Invited the mermaids to be part of the special Christmas program and they enthusiastically accepted.

A few days later, the cameras were set up, the microphones turned on and the lighting focused on a set with Mr. Octo reclining on a rock and each of the people being interviewed on a bed of coral opposite him. They were ready to go.

He faced the main camera and said, “Good evening. I’m Mr. Octo and tonight I want to address our wishes and hopes for the coming year. 2022 has been a difficult one for ma

ny and I want to try to decide what is important going forward. To help me with that I have asked the Five Enchanted Mermaids to join me here and tell me what they think.”

He turned as the five mermaids swam in and took their places on the coral bed.

The main camera moved in for a head shot of the producer and he continued, “Thanksgiving is

now over for 2022 and we are heading into the end of year holiday season.” He caught his reflection and used his third tentacle to remove a little seaweed which was caught on the side of his head,

“At Thanksgiving,

we reflected on the things for which we are thankful but tonight, we’ll be looking at our wishes for 2023.” He swung around and waved one of his tentacles at Zari who was reclining nearby.

“Let’s start with Zari. Welcome to the show, Zari. Please, tell us your wishes for 2023.”

Zari looked directly at the camera and said, “Thanks, Mr. Octo. As you know my superpower is helping little girls learn independence. It’s so important that they are able to accept personal responsibility, and this gives them strength and satisfaction. Within that I wish that they use these skills so the world could be free of fossil fuels and more dependent on clean cheap renewable energy so we can save the planet.”

Mr. Octo then shifted his attention to Emily and the camera focused on this mermaid.

Without prompting, she spoke up, “My superpower is courage, and my wish is that young people can learn to be strong. It’s not that easy. I wish people would stand up to bullies and not let bullies rule or win. We must embrace strength.”

Sofia was next, “My superpower is honesty, and my primary wish is that people stop lying and spreading misinformation to suit their own purposes. I wish they would all tell the truth.”

Jenny followed up, “My superpower is confidence and I wish that young girls learn to believe in themselves. I wish more people would have the confidence to speak their minds and stand up for what is right.”

Finally, it was Anna’s turn, and she raised her head and said, “Kindness. That’s my superpower and my wish is that everyone will be kinder to one another. I wish that they do things for others and the community not just selfishly. Be nice to each other, even if you disagree.”

The mermaids all started chattering at once and Mr. Octo realized that he should finish up. “Thank you, mermaids. And to all our viewers, we wish you a very happy holiday and a wonderful 2023.”

He signaled for the cameras, microphones, and lighting to be turned off and Miss Molly, floating in the background, applauded her husband and his mermaid guests. With eight tentacles, she was able to clap with four pairs at the same time.

The Five Enchanted Mermaids celebrate diversity in our world and the belief that each child deserves to have a mermaid that looks like them. Through their individual personalities and traits, they weave stories that help teach skills for children in this age group.

​The idea for the Five Enchanted Mermaids was born to provide a fun but educational backdrop for girls aged 3 to 7 years. The characters address emotional skills (making friends, resolving conflicts, coping with change, making their own choices and “being good people”) and educational skills (learning to read, the alphabet, counting, symmetrical shapes, time, value of monetary coins/notes) that are important at that age in the development of young girls.

​The stories use each of the diverse mermaids as a role model for behavior and values.

​LifeMadeSimple, LLC and acclaimed children’s book author, Lois Petren, are collaborating to provide a series of books, party accessories and other appropriate items as mermaid gifts for girls to support these goals.

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