When a woman in Lakewood, Washington named Chrissy Marie found her butterfly wind chimes gone and an apology note stuck to her door with $5 inside, she wasn't expecting the message she'd read.
The heartfelt note was from "Jake" saying he was sorry for stealing her wind chimes.
"So this was on my door this morning. It said, 'I am sorry that we stole your Windchimes, [sic] our mom died and liked butterflies, so my sister took it and put it by our window I am sorry this is only money I have please do not be mad Jake.' Well Jake, I'm not sure who you are but you can come get your money back sweetie. I had three of those wind chimes you can come back get your money back and have 1 also so both of you have your own. I am not mad please come over to my house."
Marie now wants to find the siblings, not to punish them, but so she can give them their money back.
She also wants to give them another wind chime so each of them has something to remember their mother by.
Marie posted the story on Facebook on March 3. So far, it has been shared over 1,100 times, but "Jake" and his sister have not been identified or come forward. Marie is having difficulty searching because she recently moved to the area and realized there are a lot of kids called Jake at the local school.
Marie told Q13 News she isn't condoning stealing, but she understands how difficult it is to lose a parent considering she lost her mom at a very young age as well. She said, "[When I read the note] I wanted to cry because apparently he felt bad for what his sister did. And I think he might be scared."
She also included a follow-up post on Facebook in response to some of the commenters' questions about the incident.
"So a lot of people have asked me some questions here are the answers. (If I miss your question sorry, just inbox me again and I will answer) 1. Yes , I do know what it's like to lose a parent I was 5 years old when I lost my mom and just lost my dad almost 6 years ago. Everyone unfortunately will lose a parent sometime in their life. 2. Yes, I am a mom 4 boys 1 girl. Love them all dearly. Yes it is true they have health issues. 3. I work from home due to my health and I am loving my business and more freedom I receive this way. 4. If I found Jake what would I do, we'll I would do what I said give him his money without embarrassing or scaring him. 5. How I feel about negative publicity about jake, I find it troubling that people need to point out the worst in everything yes I do know they stole, they stole from me but he did try to make it right most likely without hurting his sister (possible reason for giving me money instead of chime back) 6. I was taught and feel in my heart to forgive and yes that is what I will do. As I said if I missed your question I apologize I am not trying to avoid anyone."
She is also surprised that the post has started to go viral with people beyond her local community getting involved. She hopes that this won't scare Jake and his sister away. Marie explained in an additional Facebook post that she simply wants to give Jake back his money "without embarrassing or scaring him."
We hope with the help of others, Marie will be able to find the kids so they can enjoy their wind chimes guilt-free.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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