It is with a heavy heart that I must pass along this news. My conscience wouldn't let me keep it to myself, and yes, I still have one of those. Apparently The Gnome Story is FALSE. Schmillie passed along this hot tip: http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/mistaken/troll.asp
This raises so many questions. Why would the church lady lie? Did she know it was a lie? Who originated such a hateful trick -- hateful because of the joy it gave and now takes away? Can I ever tell my mother that it's an urban legend? Will it break her old heart?
I'm going to stop retelling it, obviously, but I will also always hold the mental picture of the jelly beans smooshed under the door to the grateful (and frightened ) midget dear to my heart.