I just want to ask why

I are amazing,”

says a 2-year-old girl.

“Who are you?’ we ask.

Me!” says a 1 1/2-year-old girl.

These kids are well-loved.  They were planned-for and very welcome.  They are surrounded by caring and supportive adults.  I pray they don’t lose that feeling of delight about themselves.

I doubt they will grow up to be computer hackers.

A hacker got into my yahoo email account.  My contacts got an email asking for money  because I was stranded in Madrid.  I was at a writing retreat at the coast with my phone turned off.   Mike was at home babysitting our granddaughter.  He answered a lot of phone calls from concerned friends.

I’ve changed my password and communicated with yahoo security.  They are investigating.  The hacker erased my address book.  I hope yahoo can get it back for me.  (Please send me an email if you want me to have your email address.)

I really do want to ask the hacker “Why?”  I guess it’s probably about money.

Maybe the hacker wasn’t wanted or loved.  Maybe nobody taught him/her that choices have consequences.  Maybe no one cared enough to teach right and wrong.

Or maybe he/she is just a clever, bored teenager with too much free time.

I think the whole thing is just mean.

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  1. robin – you are amazing too!

  2. Thanks!

  3. as sad as i was to get that Madrid e.mail, i secretly hoped you WERE enjoying Madrid 🙂 xo

  4. Maybe someday…

  5. So many people seem to have trouble in Madrid–although more often lately they have been afflicted with fibroids in the former Soviet Union.

    I myself was sending out some very tempting offers of cheaply priced Xanex and Viagra last week. I too had to change my password.

    I wonder if the anonymity of the internet brings out much of this behavior. It is easier to rip off someone whose face you’ve never seen.

  6. I think I’d rather be in Madrid than send out offers for xanax and viagra. Although that one, at least, would make people laugh instead of wonder if I was in trouble.
    I think you’re right about anonymity.
    I wish they’d left me my address book.

  7. I think greed rather than meanness is primarily to blame. If they send out thousands of these emails, they get some people who are naive enough to believe them. The Nigerian 419 scams have been around for 25 years, and people still fall for them.

    • i like the word “greedy”. Thanks, Susan.

  8. This is creative and not violent. Thanks for the giggle, FJ.


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