Irvine, California

As Mother’s Day Approaches Scuba.com Founder Reflects on Her Unusual Journey of Motherhood


Some folks make families with their bodies – others make families with their hearts. This year scuba.com (http://www.scuba.com) owner Melinda Herndon and her husband celebrate the 30th year of their business “baby” and reflect back on another baby who came into their lives 22 years ago: a one-year-old baby girl. Instant families with complex back-stories are hard enough without a mom-and-pop business in tow. According to Melinda:

“In my mid-30s we had a bunch of retail dive stores in two states. I was working long hours and traveling between stores for coaching and training. Then I got a call. A family member had committed a crime that resulted in a prison term. The father was also behind bars. Suddenly there was this little baby with no place to go. I explained all this to my husband and he said that thing that he says so often. That thing that makes me love him. ‘What can I do to help you to do what you think is right?’”

Melinda and her husband spent nearly 10 years securing their family bond and their daughter’s safety, none of which was remotely easy, “The three of us lived in a state of periodic dread that we would be separated…until that happy day we stood before the Judge and were declared an official family.” That little girl is now a 23-year old college graduate working in New York.