The Skelton brothers have been missing from their home in Morenci, Michigan for 2 years today. TWO YEARS!
In honor of that, today I am going to re-blog a post I wrote about them and the reason I feel connected to them from August. But I also wanted to add a few new notes.
When I wrote the blog in August, I wrote it from the perspective the police had, that they must be deceased by now. But I have changed my mind since then.
Because of a girl named Jaycee Dugard. She was missing for 18 years and, against all odds, was found alive. Damaged, but alive. She lives the life today she should have had all those years. But she is alive. This gives me hope that Alexander, Andrew, and Tanner are too.
Yesterday, my husband, my son, and I attended a remembrance ceremony for them in Morenci. In a way, it all felt pointless. But another part of me can see that it is not.
Q. Why release age-progression photos of them when it has only (ONLY!) been 2 years and they have not changed that much?
A. Well, because it has been 2 whole years, they have changed some, and most important, it gets the news media to cover it again.
Q. Why have a ceremony? The boys aren’t going to walk by as all those people are in a park honoring them, a park that has been searched many times over…
A. It reminds the community. There are power in the number of people that still care and came out to show it. And it gets the news media to cover it again.
The point of all this is to keep those three smiling faces in the front of everyone’s mind.
I guess I feel like I have to justify to myself why I care about these missing boys I didn’t know and had no connection to, except that they probably camped at the same campground as my mother-in-law. But the justification can be found in my blog of August.
Why blog about it again?
…to keep those three smiling faces in the front of everyone’s mind.