Monday is the 24th anniversary of the day Michaela was kidnapped. As we have been doing for years now, we will meet at the market where the kidnapping occurred, and tie yellow ribbons on a scrubby little tree that happens to grow right next to the parking space the kidnapper was parked in when he lured Michaela to his car.
The public is invited, but I just want you all to be aware that this is going to be a pretty low key event. It’s been a stressful season in my life, and on top of that I and most of my family members have been really sick this last week with a particularly bad stomach flu, so I just haven’t had much time or energy to prepare. But we will have extra ribbons there if you want to tie one on the tree for Michaela yourself. I usually try to remember to bring permanent markers so you can even write a message to her on the ribbons.
We do this at 10:00 in the morning, as the approximate time that Michaela was kidnapped is 10:15 a.m. The store is now called Mexico Super, and the address is 32575 Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California. The store is south of Fairway Park, across the street from Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery.
You do not need to attend in order to remember Michaela. You can tie a yellow ribbon wherever you are for Michaela. If you send me a photo, I usually post them on this blog and on facebook — so Michaela can see, if she is out there.
Such a long time, I never would have believed we would still be doing this 24 years later. But perhaps this time will be the last time.
Sorry I haven’t been writing much lately, or even answering all the comments. I just haven’t had the energy. But I appreciate your continued love and support for Michaela. Thank you.