Friday, January 24, 2014

Mermaids and Vampires

Surfing is a sport for Peter Pans. 
And the ocean is magical.
 Still, a lot people don't believe that. 
But I will never stop.

I remember this time in seventh grade. 
I went with my friend to visit the adoption counselor she was assigned right around the time she started wanting to know her birth mother. 
We were really into Buffy The Vampire Slayer and vampires, so we told the appointed counselor we believed in them, just to see what she'd say.  

She told us how she'd heard stories of ghosts at The Beach House restaurant down the street; flying around breaking the plates at midnight when the workers were cleaning up. 

I remember picturing how the plates would be the only things you could see. How they would gleam before they smashed into thousands of pieces against the cupboards. How the ghosts would have secrets between each other like my friend and I did.

The counselor could have told us that supernatural things weren't real. She could have made my friend talk only about her feelings related to adoption. She could have referred us to a specialist. But she didn't. 
I like to think she was a believer in believers. 

When I'm surfing, sometimes I forget everything except for being. 
The feeling of a good ride, like the ones we've had over the past few days, washes over me like a white-wash hurricane of all the best emotions.
And that feels magical.

No one can know everything. 
There is an undeniable unseen world. 
So maybe there are vampires…and mermaids.
Surfing reminds me of the magic in the world.


  1. I think the therapist did the right thing but not squashing your curiosity or your silliness. It's ok to dream, and I'm sure she probably knew you weren't serious... although I still wonder about supernatural stuff ;)

    1. I think she did the right thing too. I think we wanted there to be things like vampires to believe in, magic, so to speak, and it was nice having an adult not squash those fantasies.

  2. What a beautiful post this was to read! Thanks for writing, and of course, sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thanks Megan! Have a wonderful weekend as well!

  3. You are my very favourite mermaid Devon. I'm glad you find the magic when you're surfing. Hope you both have a lovely weekend. CJ xx

    1. Thanks for thinking I'm a mermaid CJ. I guess you believe in the magic too :) I hope you enjoy your weekend with your family.

  4. don't ever stop believing! i love your outlook. haha, i was so into buffy too. and vampire (still do?).

  5. There is magic in this world:) I love this story and how that woman kept the magic alive for you guys. I agree that there is much more to this world than the eye sees. Wishing you a magical day:)


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