I caught a blip in my LA Times this morning while feeding the baby. I am absolutely horrified. A mother LIES, writes as her 6 year old saying that her daddy had died in Iraq. Why? An essay contest to win a prize of four tickets to a Hannah Montana show, four airline tickets to New York, and a goody bag. Problem? Dad didn’t die in Iraq. In FACT dad is a carpet cleaner and not even in the military.
If I could dole out my own social justice it would be for this mother’s “writing skills” be put to further use, and to have her write an apology letter to each child who HAS lost a parent in Iraq or Afghanistan. But that’s just the military wife in me talking.
Seriously, what have we come to as a people to even conceive of this type of “eye on the prize” mentality? I am DISGUSTED. The mother’s story is changing, at first claiming she did what she had to in order to win, now she is claiming ignorance on her own behalf: “I didn’t know the story had to be TRUE!” Truth or fiction aside – who uses a tragedy such as a father dying in a war in order to score Hannah Montana tickets? Did it even cross the woman’s mind that it might be slightly disrespectful to the children who have lost their parents in the war?