Marilyn Mock went to last weekend's foreclosure auction in Dallas as a dutiful parent. She left as a minor celebrity. Now, she's a national hero.
The 50-year-old Rockwall woman acted on instinct when she bought Tracy Orr's Pottsboro home back for her while Ms. Mock's son was signing papers on his first house. But at a time when economic woes rule the headlines, a stranger's big-heartedness can make national news.
. . . After the purchase, Ms. Orr disappeared. "I thought, what if she left?" Ms. Mock said. "What would I tell my husband, 'Hello, honey, I bought a house for this lady and I don't know where she went?'."
But Ms. Orr, a former U.S. Postal Service employee and now a housekeeper at All Saints Camp and Conference Center, was waiting outside in tears.
Then a news camera showed up.
"They caught us," said Ms. Mock, who was hoping to keep the deal quiet.
When the TV Muse sends catnip like this, you report the basics of the story and ask some polite questions. Mostly, though, you stay out of the way and watch Jesus' parable of the Good Samaritan come alive.
Thank you, CNN. Thank you, Jessica Myers.