Anyway, when it was released to DVD this past fall, I immediately bought it so I could share the magic with the girls. They loved it and, filling me with pride, exclaimed that they, too, wanted to be mermaids! We've sinced watched this movie many, many times, one of which being last night.
While watching the scenes after Ariel is transformed into a human and has three days to convince Prince Eric that she is his "mystery maiden," something dawned on me for the first time in 18 years. Why didn't she just write it down? She obviously knew how to write, because she signed her name on the contract with Ursula. Is that all she knew how to write?
It really bothers me that it took me so long to realize this.