The winning essay's first line was: "My daddy died this year in Iraq." Only, it's not true. She and her mom made it up. Actually, I blame the mother, since the girl is only 6 years old. I have a difficult time believing that a 6 year old, however astute for her age, would zero in on the obvious heart-tugging edge-giving spin that a dead soldier father would provide in such a contest. Also, this is the moral example her mother is setting for her:
The mother had told company officials that the girl's father died April 17 in a roadside bombing in Iraq, company spokeswoman Robyn Caulfield said.
"We did the essay and that's what we did to win," Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. "We did whatever we could do to win."
[The company spokesman] said the company is reviewing the matter, and is considering taking away the girl's tickets.
Considering? How is this not a clear-cut issue? Sometimes, I'm so disgusted with people that I can barely see straight. (Fortunately, I'm able to blog my worries away.)UPDATE: The company is giving the tickets to another child. Yay.