The whole inflated saga brings a tear to our eye.
Now it's mom's turn to pay a price for the Heene family's reality-show-seeking... vomit-inducing...helium-balloon-chasing melodrama, which ended in anger and deception last fall, but luckily, nothing worse.
This weekend, Mayumi Heene, who along with her husband Richard, told authorities that their son Falcon had flown the coop in a runaway balloon, will begin her community service sentence for her role in the hoax. She'll spend 10 weekends working at non-profits. Tough gig.
Richard Heene - inventor, dreamer, and schemer (that's a euphemism) - completed his 90-day sentence Sunday. His punishment included jail time, work release and home detention.
You'll recall Colorado authorities eventually determined the Heenes' protestations that their precious son had floated away in a flying saucer-shaped craft was every bit a stunt.
Richard Heene pleaded guilty to falsely influencing authorities; wife Mayumi pleaded guilty to filing a false report.
They were allowed to serve their sentences separately so they could keep on caring for their three sons.
We plead guilty to caring, too - but just a little bit.
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Did the Heenes get off easy?