31 years without Michaela

Tomorrow is the 31st anniversary of Michaela’s kidnapping. What kind of a person is still here pounding the keyboard about a child who has been missing for 31 years? A mother to whom that child was an answer to prayer after five years of infertility. A mother who knows that child glowed with love and light. A mother who wants to keep her child’s light alive in the world, who wants everyone to remember that she was here. A mother who worries that she may still be here somewhere, might be suffering, might still need her help. A mother who loves her child always and forever.

I have posted the anniversary in Facebook this year as a “wherever you are” event, so that people can hang a ribbon on their porch, on their tree, wherever they may be. The ribbons started out yellow, but we use all colors now. Someone asked what Michaela’s favorite color was, and I remembered all her drawings, and I had to answer “rainbow,” so I bought a few spoils of rainbow ribbon to use this year,

Our family will be going to the place where Michaela was kidnapped to tie ribbons on the tree there. It may actually be the last time we are able to do that. As difficult as it is for me to believe, we are selling our house in the Bay Area to move out of state, for financial reasons, and hopefully some peace of mind. The last few years have been very hard. This month has been so awful. So next year, it may be that we will be remembering Michaela “wherever we are” by tying ribbons on our front porch.

Tomorrow at the market, we will tie ribbons. We will not be giving speeches. I am worn out. It’s not a private event, so anybody who wants is welcome to come. I will bring buttons for those who may want them. As a former chemo patient, I want to warn you that most of the people in our family are sick right now, so you might not want to get too close. We want to look out for the very young, the very old and immunocompromised.

If you accept my invitation to remember Michaela wherever you are, if you would like to email me photos at sharon.murch@gmail.com, I will try to post them here in a blog.

Thank you everyone for remembering Michaela. And Michaela if you are out there somewhere, please remember you are never forgotten. You are always loved. Nothing that may have happened, no time that may have passed will ever change that. Wherever we are, we will have a safe place for you to come home to. You can contact me here, through this blog anytime, from anywhere.

I love you forever, baby girl. I miss you for always. 💔

mom

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  1. Michaela was in my Bible class during summer Bible time at Fairway Park Baptist church. I still remember her. I pass the market on Mission Blvd every Sunday on my way to church in Fremont. I pray for her every time I pass the market. I will never forget her..

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  2. Been thinking of you and michaela all week sharon. I’m so sad to hear you are leaving California. Where ever you move to May you be in peace.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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  3. Your fortitude in life is amazing. I’m not sure if we’ve actually met, but I grew up in Hayward and was very familiar with Michaelas story. It’s been an honor to get to know Johnna in the more recent years and of course the ever adorable Theo. I hope that moving will provide some financial relief and start a new family area for you there. I know that Amanda and Justin will miss you all so much.

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    1. I think we have crossed paths a million times at CVDAA events but haven’t been introduced. We are looking forward to a calmer simpler life, but first we have to get through the stress of getting to it!

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  4. Hello, Sharon as hard as this May be to believe nothing is impossible. Sometimes things happen when we least expect them to happen this world is a weird place. Each moment of life is a mystery we don’t know what will happen the next moment and that’s both beautiful and sometimes hard. The day Michaela was kidnapped was a complete mystery nor did you or Michaela expected This would happen. Michaela had no idea about some ones bad intentions, she was an innocent child looking for her scooter and was snatched and has been missing for 31 years. It is very possible just as unexpectedly it all happened she could be found just the same way when you least expect it. Look at the East area rapist case the victims affected by his crimes got a phone call one day when they least expected after four decades that they arrested a suspect.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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  5. There are a few comments I have received and not posted. This is not a true crime site, and I’m just not here to rehash what happened 31 years ago. The police and FBI were right on this case from the first day and did everything they could have or should have. Thanks.

    Michaela’s mom

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  6. Happy thanks giving Sharon. Stay dry and warm it’s a snowy one in Northern California. Drive safely if you are planning on any Black Friday shopping.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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    1. No snow here. In fact barely any rain. None of the dramatic things they predicted. Kind of disappointing actually, since I don’t actually have to go anywhere. Today my microwave suddenly went out. I got on amazon prime now and has a new one delivered to the door in two hours!

      You have a happy Thanksgiving too, and thank you for your continued support!

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  7. Sweet Sharon just watched Michaela’s case on unsolved mysteries by Robert Stack. And I also just saw on the news today another old case just got solved the Racine County Jane Do. Every time I here about a old cold case that has been solved it gives me more hope for Michaela like the Linda okefe case. I pray that the next old cold case I hear is solved is about Michaela Garecht found alive and well reunited with her lovely mother.And hopefully it happens before you leave from California Sharon so that you take your baby with you. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you and Michaela. My first born child my son was born in November So every November I’m thinking of a lovely mom and her beautiful first born child who was snatched from her. Lots of prayers for sweet Michaela. Where ever you are Michaela day or night in the USA whether you are California or another state or in another part of the world you are truly loved find a way to reach out for help you can do it contact your mother let her know you are here.

    Sincerely
    Zahra

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    1. Oh believe me, wherever I go will be home for Michaela if we find her. My grandson was also born in November. It had to give us some pleasant association for the month, which has been so filled with so many bad things.

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  8. Ask Trina is she saw Michaela’s kidnapper today in person, Would she recognize the man? Would she know it is the kidnapper who she saw? She’s the eyewitness and her and Michaela are the one who know what he looks like. Trina saw the kidnapper can identify him in person and lineup.

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      1. I’m asking would Trina recognize the kidnapper if she saw him in person today 31 years later? Would she recognize his face/other features? Like his “Fox eyes” Because she is the eyewitness that’s the question

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      2. How could anybody know? Considering the fact that the kidnapper is 31 years older, I doubt it, but we won’t know unless she sees him. But she is always shown photos of anything she might recognize.

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