You all should be familiar with The Little Mermaid—the original version written by Hans Christian Andersen. And if you don't, well I strongly suggest that you read it. It takes only a few minutes to get through, but there are several incredible moments of learning and wonder, of full-on poignancy and heartache for the littlest princess that make her story a timeless treasure.
One of my favorite parts of the story reads, "Why have we not an immortal soul?... I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars." Andersen's youngest mermaid princess is not just mesmerized by mankind—she's enraptured by the snow-topped mountains, the expansive array of the sun's fiery hues in the sky, and the creatures of flight who soar on the winds that sigh through trees. She's desperate to have a soul of her own so that she might earn an eternal home in the kingdom of God.
Absence of a meaningful existence, sorrow, desperate dealings with the Devil (the Sea Witch), realizations, suicide... purgatory and redemption—there are some heavy underlying topics in The Little Mermaid, so prepare to be haunted by the little princess. After all, she's remained with me since I was a little girl.