The handsome young man, coffee mug in hand, wandered the beach watching the morning sun dance on the waves. A flash of color caught his eye. He waded out to discover a shimmering pink gown floating on the surf. As he reached down to pluck it from the water, a lovely mermaid appeared. She took the garment from his hands and transformed into a beautiful woman.
“As long as you treasure my pink dress, I will marry you and share your life,” she said. The two wed, raised children and lived happily with the cherished gown displayed above their mantle.
Years later, the old man woke to a child crying, “Grandpa, the pink dress is gone!” He reached to the beach just as his blushing mermaid waved and disappeared into the sea.Every morning after, the man found his coffee magically waiting. Each day he strolled the dunes, saluting the rosy dawn with his cup.