So story first, then photos, then the full poem.
During the summer of 1987, we did Fiddler on the Roof at my local community college. One evening
3 of us girls went over to Lia Miller's house where she was house sitting for her parents. With no one home we promptly went skinny dipping.
You've got to understand how deliciously warm it is at night in the desert where I grew up and while it's not too great for sleeping...swimming is wonderful.
So as we swam away---our friend Chris (male/gay) crashed our nude dip. We squeal and pretend to be upset, but after all ---it's just Chris...
The next day at the show, Chris waltzes in and shows us that he has written and illustrated a funny and delightful poem describing all of us in the pool.
It's called The 3 Mermaids of Miller Pond. (Lia MILLER, MILLER pond--get it?)
I have treasured this art piece ever since and sadly---it is starting to deteriorate.
So I get the idea to re-create it in mosaic.... I get all my supplies together and then, low and behold: I read on Facebook that Lia (who lives on the East coast) will be visiting her parents in that very same house...Holy Crap! I can't resist the opportunity to see her and have her lay a few tiles on my mosaic. Then I called the OTHER mermaid and we were able to get the 3 of us to reunite...in that same backyard, by the same pool.
So I hauled all my mosaic stuff to SoCal and we began. On the drive back north, I stopped in Santa Barbara and our mutual friend Laura laid a few tiles as well. Laura wasn't a mermaid that night, but she was the musical director for that show and I was keen for her to contribute.
Once I got back home, I filled in the bulk of it. I had to MAKE MY OWN TILE for the mermaid's body. Whew! Not easy. I'd found an old iron table base for free on someone's curb (naturally) and spent a good week stripping the paint off that. I had such a good time making it, I was really let down when I finished. But once she was completed, I couldn't have been more pleased.