Natalie: "Mom, how do I grow a tail?"
Me: "Honey, you can’t grow a tail. God didn’t make humans to have a tail."
Natalie: "But mommy, if I met a fairy and she granted me a wish then I could wish for a tail."
Me: "I didn't know fairies granted wishes?"
Natalie: "Yes, then I would live at the beach."
Me: "But I’d miss you."
Natalie: "I’d try all kinds of new foods... like coral stew!"
Me: "What else would you eat?"
Natalie: "Seaweed pudding!...and roasted shark!...And, my tail would be purple...and my hair would be purple and I'd wear a purple crown!...and all the mermaids would have a pet. I would have a pet stingray."
Me: "What would you call your pet stingray?"
Natalie: "I would name her Sparkles and she would be pink. Actually, I’d call her Sparkle Pink…no Parkle Pink."
Me: "Parkle? That's not even a word."
Natalie: "Yes it is. It’s a secret mermaid word…it’s a private word."
Me: "What does it mean?"
Natalie: "It means something that is very, very special."
Below is a sniglet segment from 1983.