I haven’t posted here in forever, it seems like…I started a new blog for the Week of Service effort in Susan’s honor, and all my time was taken up with that huge effort. Then I got sick…really sick, with a terrible cold. The months of stress, exhaustion, and worry finally caught up with me, I guess.
Now I’m better, and back at it with all my energy. There is not a second of my day that goes by that I’m not thinking of Susan. Even when I’m cooking dinner or reading to my kids, my mind is dwelling on her and her case. It is so very hard to wait…wait for some new developments, some word from the police, for something to happen, for Susan to be found.
I’m currently reading three books about Elizabeth Smart (Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope, In Plain Sight: the Startling Truth Behind the Elizabeth Smart Investigation, and Held Captive: The Kidnapping and Rescue of Elizabeth Smart). Like everyone else in the country, I followed Elizabeth’s case while it was all happening. I still remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the shocking and miraculous news of Elizabeth’s return. I remember calling my mother and both of us crying tears of joy for this girl and her family that we didn’t even know.
I know that Susan and Elizabeth hardly have anything in common…their circumstances are very different. But I felt that it could only help to read about Elizabeth’s case and everything her family did to find her, to see if there was anything that would help us in our situation. I find myself identifying so much with the things her family went through, feeling many of the same emotions, thinking and believing the same things they did.
One huge thing that really helped Elizabeth’s story was the spectacular media coverage. The Smart family did a terrific job of keeping Elizabeth in the news constantly, even when there was no news to be found. We’ve tried to do the same with Susan, creating events and activities to make our own news when there isn’t anything official coming from police. Keeping Susan’s face and name constantly in the public eye is so important.
We will be holding candlelight vigils this Saturday to mark the three-month point since Susan disappeared. The one here in Salt Lake County will be held at Centennial Park in West Valley City. Details:
What: Candlelight vigil for Susan Cox Powell
Where: Centennial Park, south-east corner of 3100 South and 5600 West in West Valley City
Please come support Susan and her family. Bring a candle and invite everyone you know. Three months is FAR too long…this beautiful mother should have been reunited with her children long ago.
If you don’t live in Salt Lake City or Puyallup, please consider holding your own vigil in your area. If you do set one up, leave me a comment and I will publicize it on the official Find Susan Twitter account and the Facebook group. You can call your local media, as well, to invite them. The more coverage Susan’s story gets, the greater the chances of finding her.