Morgan gets up and makes a juice drink to bring on her way to her ballet class. She stretches while she’s standing in the kitchen, and says good morning to us. The bar top is treated like a ballet bar and she is concentrating on her posture and movement, as Steve and I pour coffee.
Morgan would sometimes lecture us about drinking coffee, and sometimes not say anything. What it was this particular morning I can’t be sure. Health was very important to her and she was always sharing something she had learned with us. It was that time when your children are soaking up knowledge faster than you are, and you have to adjust to receiving good information with grace.
I don’t really know if it was that as parents we had already been through this twice before Morgan, with our older two children, but Morgan was not only different, she was easier. Steve and I would always talk about her advice to us, and how we should really listen to her.
Later that day Morgan was talking to her friend between classes. Her friend Nicole asks her, ”Is the yarn you’re using for the mitts pastel or bright colors?” Morgan tells her, “Pastel.” Her friend Nicole answers, “Okay! Thanks!” Morgan sends her back a heart, “<3” and Nicole asks Morgan, “Who is your favorite Disney princess?” Morgan answers, “ Ariel? Yes! Mermaid!” Nicole ends with, “ Okay! Good to know!”
She came home from classes and rested in her room. She did that often. She would sit in front of her mirror and sing while she fussed with her hair. Most days she would come out and sing while playing her keyboard. She didn’t have a wide repertoire, just a few favorites that she worked on perfecting.
Morgan had a few favorite series she liked to watch on TV, and over the years had collected every season she could and would watch them over and over. Buffy was a favorite, then the Gilmore Girls, and Smallville. Between the three she was endlessly entertained.
Washing her clothes was an ongoing task. Morgan would wash, dry and fold and then sometimes her cat would knock them over, and the task would be repeated – never seeming to bother her.
At 6:20 pm, Steve texted her, “We’re taking Joni (her little niece) to the diner, would love to have you join us.” And a minute later she answered me that she might not make it. That she was kinda caught up with friends. Steve texted her again at 6:52 pm that we were finishing, and did she want anything? Morgan said no, and we brought Joni home.
At 9:00 pm we told Morgan that we were home. She had made arrangements to sleep at Calder’s house, which would mean the couch, and I told her OK sweet dreams.
Her life was simple and we always knew what to expect. Steve and I could count on her to do what was needed. Her room wasn’t the neatest, but it was never all that bad. She was the last child living in the house with us and we enjoyed having her.
Her stalker(s) had taken so much from her. It was not fair, and we balanced justice for Morgan with the rights of all. We saw suspicious things and reported them as we were asked. But I can honestly say we never faced anyone down, or accused, of blamed. The deputies had their theories, and we would more likely ask them if they were really sure, we did not want to accuse hastily, or rush to judgment. We wanted the truth.
I never demanded answers from anyone, but we should have. In two weeks time Morgan will be dead. When your daughter is twenty, and healthy it does not even enter into the realm of possibility. Morgan was worried about taking care of Steve, and I as we grew old. She joked about what it was going to be like for her. What the responsibility would be for her. Not in a pained way, but in a happy way. The same way that Morgan took most everything that was thrown her way. I would always tell her to knock it off – no one was going to need to take care of us…ever! The stalker she could have done without – that, she would not be shy in professing.
Today is November 1, 2012 – it was a busy day for me. Steve and I met with a great investigator for three hours. Everyone brings a new perspective to this case. New advice, a new approach, another idea we had never thought of.
Morgan has left us with so many memories that we are learning to cherish with open arms, far more than we ever thought would be possible a year ago. Steve and I look forward to the day that the things we have learned through Morgan will be more helpful and sharing, with more solutions for others than the solving of Morgan’s case that we visit so often now. I know that Morgan would not care so much that we work to solve this mystery any more than we have. But for the time being Steve and I agree that it is what we must do, and so we shall. There are those that will not welcome our attempts to solve it. They will want to stop it, or they will not even want to hear that it is really not us forwarding the solutions, but others far better than Steve or I will ever be will solve this crime.
So it begs to be said that two weeks before the end, a day is coming when most all the evidence that these brilliant minds have put forth, as their best opinion of what really happened to Morgan, is out for all to see. How different it is from what we thought a year ago, and more importantly why would anyone else really have an issue with the truth about what happened to Morgan being known – because I can only think of one reason – can you?
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