For Madyson Middleton an 8 Year Old Girl

This is a story in pictures.

When you are 8 years old and get a scooter and ride it and your neighbor offers you ice cream and you say “yes,” then he will rape and kill you. Then you will be dead and he will be famous.

You will always be your school picture.

You will always be a typical 8-year old girl who enjoyed riding her new scooter around the apartment complex you lived in with your mother.

Everyone will know every single thing he did to you.

Now he is famous and everyone will know everything about him and what the neighbors thought, what his family thought, and the promise of his young life cut short.

You will always be a typical 8-year old girl who enjoyed riding her new scooter around the apartment complex you lived in with your mother.

Because that is the world in which we live.

We can’t see any pictures or artwork that you did, Maddy. But I think you must have done. I think you must have made things, done things, touched others’ lives. I think you had many friends, and your family loved you, and you them, and you would have grown up to do wonderful things, Maddy.

Now you are gone, Madyson Middleton. He remains and they’ve already made him famous.

Thank you, NY Times, for making the effort.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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