Dearest Morgan;

We were there, your Papa and me. We walked where you were thrown at Anchorage Farm.  I needed to see that place just one time, to feel with my hands the earth where the physical stuff of you seeped back into the ground, to see the plants growing on that spot that might be infused with a carbon atom or two derived from your flesh. I imagine golden hairs from your head woven into nests in that field and the nearby trees; beautifying and strengthening those homes, as you did ours.

It gives me comfort to think of those elemental parts of you, Morgan, moving forward, combining in new ways, transforming and nourishing new life in that sacred ground on Anchorage Farm.

I am grateful to the land for cradling you; holding you gently as nature dissolved away your tissues and reclaimed the precious molecules of your flesh that men had destroyed and discarded.

I am grateful that parts of you were accepted and used by other living things. That idea does not erase images of fractured bones; but it does soften the reality somehow.

I am most grateful Morgan, that the land ultimately returned your body to us so that we could participate in the letting go and through that process attempt to create new growth of our own.

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7 Responses to “Gil Harrington’s thoughts from February 14th, 2011”

  1. Moonchime says:

    Dear Gil,

    Whenever I read your words, I am touched to the core of my being.

    Your ability to show grace and love, in a time of such horror and loss, is an inspiration to so many.

    Ever since I first heard that Morgan was missing, I have prayed. First, I prayed she would return safely home. When Morgan was found, I prayed for your family. I still pray for you, Dan and Alex–and to all who have grown to love Morgan.

    I also pray for Justice. It will surely come.

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, as well as this journey with us. I’m so very sorry that your precious daughter, Morgan, was taken physically from your family. When our sojourn on this earth is over, we will all be reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us. That will surely be one very happy reunion.

    With much love and hugs,~ Moonchime

  2. Cynthia Howard says:

    Gil, you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers and your beautiful daughter Morgan will Never be forgotten.. I do believe in my heart that one day “justice will prevail for your family. I have seen too many people in my lifetime always get there Karma in the end. Blessings to you~ Cynthia

  3. Michele says:

    Gil – your words are always so beautiful even though they are full of pain. I think of Morgan often, though I have never met any of you. I pray for justice and peace for the entire Harrington family. I am a mother and can not fathom this reality of yours. Morgan is not anonymous. There are many people who have gotten to know her through your words and I think that is a very motherly thing for you to do.

  4. Ann H Tearle says:

    It is a privilege really to read these words you impart,Gil…..and i am in awe of your courage. I have never met you, but feel close to you and your family and keep you all in my daily prayers. i also put a comment on my facebook page (where i am supposed to write about myself actually) and will leave it there until the person/s are brought to justice who took this precious angel.
    I know you would give everything if you could just have your girl back. She’s with the Lord, waiting until you join her–and i am sure she knows of your pain–i am also sure, there must be a reason the Lord did not call any of you home….i guess your work here is not complete yet. Morgan is laughing now and saying–don’t be in any hurry to get here–you will get here soon enough–i will save some cookies for you, i baked them myself.
    Facebook page: In memory of Morgan Dana Harrington–a beautiful angel gone too soon, 10/17/09. 2 4 1 i pray they find her attacker/s

  5. ann says:

    Gil – Your courage and your love are Elemental. As long as you are alive and love Morgan fiercely and tenderly, as you have shared, Death will not have His victory even though His sting went deep.

    Your daughter will be in this life with you always and in the next.

  6. Joni says:

    Gil, I have been following your story from the beginning. The loss you and your family experienced was so tragic. I am in awe of how you continue to express yourself during such a trying time. As long as you keep Morgan alive with your words…her memory will never fade away. i will continue to keep your family in my prayers. Until you are reunited again…keep honoring your precious daughter any way you can. Justice will prevail!!! If not in this lifetime, it will be in the next.

  7. ann says:

    Just wondering: this article was in a CT paper this evening. Maybe this person operated too far North of you; but take a look at this.

    I didn’t know how to contact you more privately.

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