A week ago, I posted a diary on the sickest people in Michigan: Jennifer and Scott Petkov, the scumbags who taunted and tormented a dying little girl and her dead mother...because they felt snubbed over a party 2 years earlier.
Most of you have probably heard about this by now; if not, read the whole story at the link, 'cus it'll make your jaw drop and your teeth clench in anger.
The next day, I posted the follow-up, after the story had gone viral.
This one hit the Rec list and led to one hell of a discussion.
Today, I'm very, very heartened to post what is likely my final update on this saga, a heartwarming (if bittersweet) coda.
From today's Ann Arbor News, the headline pretty much says it all...really not much for me to add:
Dying little girl cyber-bullied by neighbors gets toy shopping spree of a lifetime in Ann Arbor
Since the neighbors' actions, the story has generated attention around the world. In comments and online forums, again and again, people asked: “How could they?”
Ann Arbor toy store owners Hans and Tricia Masing of Tree Town Toys wondered that, too. Hearing of the incident made him cry, Hans admitted. They began to construct a fundraising campaign and then a day of a lifetime for Kathleen and her family. The idea took off.
“This exceeds our wildest expectations,” Hans Masing said.
“Anything you want is yours,” Simone, the toy store owners' 8-year-old daughter, told Kathleen Thursday morning shortly after she walked through the door.
Simone took the little girl’s hand, and together they walked toward the shelves and shelves of toys.
What did Kathleen think of it?
Her answer: more big smiles and a shy giggle. She put on a toy fireman's hat. Wide-eyed, she made her way around the store, stopping to play with toys along the way.
I know it's sappy.
I don't care.
Bless you, little girl.
Update: A slideshow that will melt your heart