Today is the golf tournament to benefit the building of the Morgan Harrington Educational Wing at OMNI Village in Zambia, Africa.  Such a courageous and clever triumph over darkness to continue to wrestle good out of Morgan’s tragic death.

Because of events like this, Morgan’s life has created a legacy of goodness that continues to impact the world.  To be truthful, Morgan’s posthumous achievements may actually supersede what she was likely to accomplish if she had been allowed to live. Ironic isn’t it?

As a parent I am so grateful, so happy, that Morgan’s murderer has not been able to erase her completely from the world.  Morgan chose a profession in education and she will, in fact, be part of educating and teaching many.  Morgan Harrington will not be a poster child for rape, abduction and murder.  Instead, Morgan will be remembered as a catalyst for teaching and care given to deserving students in the United States and Africa, as well.  We are so grateful to all who have helped us snatch this treasure out of the ashes of our Morgan.

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One Response to “Gil Harrington’s thoughts from July 23rd, 2010”

  1. lisa says:

    So many times yesterday I said, “Happy Birthday, Morgan.” My son turned 21 less than a month ago and it’s impossible not to compare myself, my family, me to yourselves, to you.

    I saw the picture from Morgan’s 20th and I have a photo from my son’s 20th just less than a month before.

    My heart breaks thinking of your loss, the loss of Morgan’s friends who would be celebrating this all important 21st bday.

    Yes, it is wonderful the legacy that Morgan is leaving here and in Africa but I know that you would give anything to have your simple little girl, Morgan, back. Morgan, unknown. Morgan without all the photos on national televison. Morgan, without this very “findmorgan” site. Morgan, an ordinary girl making her way in this world.

    Yet, she has made the headlines. Her character in life has been thrust upon us. Your character, as parents and brother, have been put before us.

    I, for one, am not sure what to do with all of the information. I am just an every day person trying to go through my every day life with children (18, 21 and 21) of my own. I don’t know how to separate my life from yours now that your story has been so integrated into mine and yet I must. I must move on.

    I have come to love Morgan. I have come to love her not only through the eyes of a parent, but through the dialogues she had with friends through myspace and facebook (before they may or may not have been deleted) and I could see how easily her conversation fit in with the conversation with my own son of her ago.

    My heart is broken that she is no longer with us. My heart is broken for you, as parents.

    For someone who has no words, I have said a lot but I suppose that is why we all ramble on. No real words. We just talk, hoping something we say will be of comfort.

    I’ve never met you. Any of you. Yet, over the past almost year now, I have grown to love your family.

    And I just want you to know that I think of you often and send out positive vibes and much love.

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