Lily is only 6, and already she's been the victim of a major crime. A burglar broke into her home, stole all her furniture and all her money. And, inexplicably, left four new chairs in her bedroom.
All of this occurred in cyberspace, in Lily's beloved Webkinz world.
She came to me crying hysterically, and told me of the invasion. Real tears were streaming down her cheeks. She'd earned $24 doing Webkinz "jobs,'' and it was gone.
"I went to get my pet some medicine,'' she told me, "and $1 came up. And then, sadness,'' she told me.
She wept openly as she told me that making this tragedy even worse was the fact that "my bunny is so SICK!'' And she had no money to take him to the vet.
In Webkinz world, which I told you about in a previous post, you earn "money'' working "jobs,'' and then you can "buy'' special beds and nightstands and such and furnish your pet's room. Lily had carefully done so. I specifically remember a cute little pink love seat. And a pink bed. A pink phone.
All of it, now gone.
"And they left four chairs in my room. Why would I need that many chairs?!'' she cried.
I tell you all of this to warn of the danger of sharing your logon and password with any friends or cousins. Or newspaper readers.
I shouldn't have published Lily's logon information, huh?
Did one of you make Lily cry?