One Wheelchair User Channels Her Inner Mermaid

We are the Landlocked Mermaids

When Ursula sent Ariel out of the sea and onto land, she was lucky – she got a pair of magical legs that sprouted out of nowhere (where can I get a pair of those?). But in reality we all know what would happen if a mermaid was stuck on land – yup, she’d be rolling in high-style in a wheelchair (with water and fish decals on her wheels). It’s the only logical solution to her no-leg predicament really (other than being carried). And I must say, the mental image of her rolling around on wheels makes my soul really happy.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been obsessed with mythical creatures – unicorns, elves, fairies, mermaids – I wanted nothing else in life but to be immersed by the stories about these creature in my fairytale books (I even had a unicorn mural on my bedroom wall).

As an adult wheelchair-user, I remember being an able-bodied kid years ago who believed in and loved mermaids, and they continue to make me happy now.

A few years ago, I even dressed up as a mermaid for Halloween (used aqua glitter fabric for the greatest tail ever). It was awesome, it was apropos and for once I didn’t have to worry about “working” my wheelchair into a costume (and I even think some people got it).

Heck yes a mermaid would use a wheelchair (not that she couldn’t find a hunky prince to carry her). I think Mattel should start making a “mermaid on wheels” doll for girls (talk about a great way to help boost the self-esteem of girls in wheelchairs). I mean…who wouldn’t like to be compared to a mermaid? It’d be a great thing (for everybody)!

And I love that one of my friends (love you Meaghan), who’s also paralyzed, is even more into mermaids than I am. On her Facebook cover page she continually rotates artistic mermaid pictures. They are her inner-spirit creature….or something like that, and she is beautifully, unabashedly obsessed.

I think every girl and woman in a wheelchair should channel her inner “aquatic diva” if only (on Halloween) once in her life (just once!). Mermaids may not be real, but if they were, they’d be our kindred sisters (only slipperier) and we’d be having to donate wheelchairs to them in droves (but would they be appreciative?).

Now….where did my glitter tail go?

Do you feel a kindred connection to mermaids? Would you like to have a wheelchair doll? As a wheelchair using kid, what other fun things do you enjoy?

Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

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  1. Meaghan
    Meaghan says:

    Thanks for the shout out, girl! :) I will forever love mermaids and always dress up as one for Halloween. I just think it’s a fun way to internet disability for paralyzed women and girls.

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