Elizabeth Faidley just wanted to buy a baby mermaid doll for her little girl, but what she got was disappointment and an epic tale to tell her friends.
In December of 2015, Faidley’s daughter Ellie told her that she wanted a Merbaby for Christmas.
“Ellie dreams of having a mermaid baby. Not just a mermaid, and not just a baby. A mermaid baby.”
This shouldn’t have been be too much of a problem, though, as Faidley is an capable online shopper and knew she would be able to find something.
“Being the adventurous gift buyer that I am, I searched and searched and finally found a hand-made mermaid baby doll on ETSY.
“In the pictures online, it appeared that Pearl was wearing a veil of some sort. But no, that was her creepy and weird skin.”
Not everyone was so excited about Pearl once she arrived as Faidley was, though.
“When Pearl arrives, I am thrilled! I show her to several teenaged students who react to her face in sheer horror. I ignore this reaction, knowing that Ellie will love Pearl.”
Ellie did not, in fact, love Pearl. Her reaction on Christmas morning was more than enough proof of that.
“Ellie wakes up and excitedly runs to the tree to find Pearl. The video is attached so you can see the real-time reaction. Basically, she was like, ‘OMG, this doll is hideous. What is wrong with you, Santa??’ (Ellie later notes that Pearl was her first indication that Santa was not real.)”
After coming to the decision that Pearl’s odd green hair was to blame, Faidley attempted to remedy the situation.
“I come to the desperate conclusion that Pearl’s hideousness lies in her strange, green locks of hair. I go to CVS and purchase 2 different colors of hair dye and attempt to dye Pearl’s hair from green to a ‘strong blonde’. My attempts fail miserably and Ellie looks at me with pity for a few days. ‘Pearls’ hair is even more hideous, Mom. Please, just stop.'”
Faidley wasn’t going to let her failure stop her from getting her daughter to love Pearl, though.
She determinedly started searching for a professional.
“I locate a doll and teddy bear hospital in Secaucus, NJ. I call them immediately and discover it is run by a group of very strict and serious Germans. They take their doll and teddy bear hospital very seriously. They are interested in seeing Pearl’s ‘condition’ and then will give me an estimate for all of the cosmetic work that needs to be done to make her ‘lovable’.”
Poor Pearl soon made her way to the doll hospital.
“I pack Pearl up in a box and address it the doll hospital. I tell Ellie that Pearl is going off to the hospital to have her face and hair ‘adjusted.’ Ellie wisely informs me that ‘Pearl has even greater problems than those.’ Then, she proceeds write on the box, ‘Please, please, help this doll. She has so many problems.'”
Things stalled out for a bit once Pearl arrived at the doll hospital, though.
Faidley tried multiple times to contact them about the doll but struggled to find someone who even knew who she was.