Maryellen loved the ocean: its roar, its salty tang, and the huge blueness of it stretching all the way to the sky. . . .One of Maryellen’s favorite TV shows was a broadcast of the waterskiing and synchronized swimming show at Cypress Gardens, which was right in her own state of Florida. Maryellen pretended now that she was one of the Cypress Gardens mermaids, and practiced smiling for the television camera every time she came up for air after flipping and twirling underwater.
– The One and Only by Valerie Tripp