Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mermaid or Whale...

   I got an email from a friend who passed along this story. After I read it I knew I would have to pass it along. Take a moment to read this, then decide.

Would you want to be a mermaid ...

Or a whale....

        Recently, in a large city in Australia ,
        a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in 
        the window of a gym.
        It said, "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.
        To Whom It May Concern,
        Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins,
        sea lions, curious humans.)
        They have an active sex life,
        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 Bering 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 Argentinean 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?
        Just look at them ... where is IT?
        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 media puts into our heads
        the idea that only skinny 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 piece of chocolate 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.
        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, 
        ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨

amy Whale, breaching, Stellwagen Bank National...Image via Wikipedia
When was the last time you saw a mermaid leap for joy???

   She makes a good argument, but she had me at chocolate and ice cream. Let's see you get to travel, see exotic places and marine life. Have lots of friends and not have to worry about your diet....
    I want to be a whale. How about you?



Rhonda @Laugh Quotes said...

Yay! for whales! ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨
Best line ever. Thanks for this amazing post.

Canadianbloggergirl said...

I love this post! Puts things into perspective for sure!


Al said...

Fantastic post.

And whales like me have a much better chance of climbing into mountain paradises in Tasmania than any fish foot!

Jamie said...

I too would like to be a whale...but I fall into the mermaid category, making myself unhappy with my own diet constraints most of the time.

Sad, but true.

I like it here, and I will be back! :)

Cathy Webster (Olliffe) said...

Yah, I always wondered how mermaids did it..

Laura Eno said...

Oh! Now I have the correct definition for smartass...

Theres just life said...

Rhonda, I am getting smarter everyday.
CBG, It certainly does doesn't it.
Al,All that flopping and falling takes to long to climb. So I'm with you on that one.
Jamie, You are welcome anytime.
Cathy, You and me both.
Laura, I always wondered about that one myself.

sandy axelrod said...

Here's to whales everywhere! Great post with a very good message.

Kittie Howard said...

Yay, whales. What a wonderful post! (I wonder if some men work out, check their abs and go looking for mermaids, what doesn't exist?)

Arlee Bird said...

Definitely a darn clever argument. I'm going with the whales.

Tossing It Out

Theres just life said...

Sandy and Kittie, I with you go whales.
Lee, she makes a great argument doesn't she. I would rather be a whale too.