I’m Sixty-One and I Should Be Scuba Diving

And maybe you should too

Melinda Crow
Jan 18 · 6 min read
Author diving off the coast of Bonaire. Photo by Gary Crow.

When I was five I distinctly remember wanting to be a mermaid. I have no idea where that came from; it was long before Disney’s underwater princess arrived and I had never even seen the ocean.

I prayed. I sat in the bathtub until the water was cold and my mother insisted I dry off and go to bed. I stared at my skinny little…