Today I got a call from the Ganz folks up in Canada who make Webkinz stuffed animals and their accompanying virtual world website.
They were feeling sorry for Lily because she was the victim of a home invasion robbery in Webkinz world. See my post on that by clicking here. They wanted to know if there was something they could do to help.
Awww, isn't that nice?
To bring you up to date, I very stupidly published Lily's logon and password on this blog, (see the post here) and joked about someone stealing the "furniture'' in her bunny's bedroom.
Surprise, surprise! Someone did just that. Yes, it's true, one of you readers is THAT MEAN!
The cyber burglar also cleaned out Lily's Webkinz virtual bank account. Lily was devastated.
But I told the Webkinz spokeswoman that Lily is already rebuilding from this life tragedy. She got a new job, has a fresh infusion of cash to pay her veterinary bills, and has almost gotten over the mental anguish she suffered.
Susan McVeigh, a spokeswoman for the company, advised me that many a child has had the "learning experience'' Lily had.
"We say never share your password. Never,'' she said.
Kids can learn "safe Internet practices'' at a young age on Webkinz.com, she noted. And many a child has given out a password to a friend who is no longer a friend, or to a sibling, and been victimized like Lily was.
However, not many kids are victimized by their own parent publishing the password on the Internet, McVeigh noted. Not very smart.
"Send me the link when you do one with your bank account logon and password,'' McVeigh said and laughed.