Who is DJ Mermaid?

art-little-mermaidMore about the 9-year-old guest blogger who has her eyes on the White house: the two of us worked so well together that after her guest post was published here, she asked her mom if she could take a writing class with me.

“Not sure how this could work,” her mom wrote. “But she has some time now if you do.” Turns out my young writer is home from school while they try a casting program — she has casts from her hips down to her ankles, on both legs.

I had time.

My Seeing Eye dog Whitney and I took a train from Chicago to visit her for our first class a few weeks ago. Now I give her a writing assignment every week, she emails her work my way when she’s done, I use my talking computer to read through her rough drafts, and every Friday we go over my comments and suggestions together. She makes the revisions she agrees with, emails the revised essays back to me, and…voila!

Her first piece was about coming up with a pen name:

The whole mermaid obsession started when I was about 2 — roughly. I was at my grandparent’s house and I was watching The Little Mermaid with my young aunt. Of course I immediately fell in love with Ariel, the youngest mermaid princess of King Triton. I loved her because at the time I couldn’t really walk and she couldn’t really walk on land either.

Her pen name? DJ Mermaid. When we got together to talk that week, I told her I approved. “DJ Mermaid,” I mused out loud. “It has a nice ring to it.” And come to think of it, President Mermaid rolls off the tongue pretty easily, too.


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  1. Suzanne Vicinio Huhn and daughter Natalie Galicki Says:

    My daughter also likes this mermaid she has spinal biffita difficult walking uses walker, She is also hearing inpaired, non verbal few words, seizure disorder nurolical. Go’s to Easter seals day program, loves it happy their(appair to be knowledgeable) of her wants and needs. Correct problem instintly to keep happy in long run of her likes and dislikes.

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