Tomorrow, February 3rd, Michaela will be featured on the Nancy Grace Show. That's 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) on HLN (Headline News network, sister network to CNN and somewhere around there in the cable channels). Nancy Grace is doing 50 days of missing people, one a day.
Before I say anything, just to be sure I am not misunderstood for even a second, I am immensely, enormously, forever grateful to Nancy Grace for doing this. I am very thankful to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for suggesting to them that Michaela be included among those featured. It is so wonderful, and I am so happy that Michaela will be a part of this.
But I've gotta tell you ... it's really hard doing it. Last week I had a little tiny phone interview for a five-minute bit last week on the Nancy Grace show, and I can tell you that the moment it started I just got this sinking feeling. Here I am again. They are asking me to go back and tell them what happened that day, and I just want to curl up in a ball under the desk. I don't want to go back to that day. I don't want to relive it. I don't want to have to bring up those words and speak them one more time. I don't, I don't, I don't.
But I do it anyway. I did then, and I will again tomorrow, in a LIVE interview from a studio in San Francisco. And you know, there is really only one reason why I do it. Honestly, it isn't even so that "one person" with information will come forward and give us that lead, although I supposed if it really was that one person with that one lead, it would be worth more than I could ever put into it. But my reason is far greater than that.
Nancy Grace is doing 50 days of shows on missing persons. I think it has been reasonably well broadcast that this is happening ... and it's been going on for a little while now. This isn't the first missing person show in the series, so people have had a chance to find out about it. And I have one hope. If Michaela is still alive, maybe she has heard that Nancy Grace is doing these shows on missing people. Maybe she is watching them, day after day, looking to see if she is on there. Maybe, just maybe, she will watch this show, and maybe it will bring her home.
Michaela, if you are out there, if you tune in tomorrow night, if you look will see me right where I am. You can be there with me in that moment. If you see me cough (which you might!), I will be coughing at that moment. If you look into my eyes, you will be looking into the eyes not of a photograph, but of your mom. If you listen really carefully, you will be able to hear my heart beat, for you.
Please, come home.