The Legend of Mermaid’s Tears
Legend has it that mermaids could change the mighty course of nature, but were forbidden to do so by Neptune, the stern, watchful God of the Sea. One dark, storm-ravaged night, with sails ripping and masts cracking, a schooner fought to find safety. The ship was familiar to the mermaid who swam along its side….She had weathered many crossings with the ship and its captain. When the ship heeled in the violent wind and waves, and the captain was washed overboard, she couldn’t bear to leave him to his fate. She used her powers to calm the seas and save the life of the captain she had grown to love from afar. But that was expressly forbidden, and she was punished for her impetuous act. Neptune banished the sobbing mermaid to the ocean depths, never again to see her captain or swim with his ship. To this day, as she cries from loneliness in the depths, her tears spread throughout the seas, to forever be washed ashore as gleaming treasures known as sea glass or mermaid’s tears…..an eternal reminder of true love.