Sunday, December 28, 2014

Meredith’s 29th: She Might Confidently Have Expected To Have Come Far By Now

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A kind stranger sees it. From John Kercher’s fine book Meredith:

I had never heard of the “˜white feather’ phenomenon until some years ago. The story goes ““ or so I was told ““ that when somebody close to you dies, they occasionally send you a white feather to let you know that they are fine and thinking of you. Whether this was true or not, I could have no idea.

In the days after we were allowed to bring Meredith home and bury her, I went to the cemetery alone and, when I returned to my car, a small white feather was fluttering by the driver’s door. Soon after, I visited Meredith again ““ and again I saw a single white feather. After this, it happened on several occasions ““ but I always thought that it was simply a coincidence.

That was until, sometime later, Stephanie and I were sitting in the garden at a table, and as we talked, a pure white feather floated down and settled between us. I looked up into a clear blue sky. There were no birds. For the first time, I wondered if Meredith really was communicating with us. It was so easy to think that this was a stupid superstition, but I would not stop myself wondering if it was something more.

Then, quite recently, I had a coffee in London with one of Meredith’s friends from Perugia, Natalie Hayward. We had been talking generally and about Meredith. When we left and stood outside South Kensington Underground Station, to my amazement a white feather suddenly floated down between Natalie and myself and settled on her hand. I looked up. Once again, the sky was pure blue and there was not a bird in sight.

After Natalie left, I stood at that point for a full ten minutes, looking skywards, and not one bird appeared. Since then, I have heard and read of other people’s similar experiences. From this moment on, I like to think that, in some comforting way, Meredith truly is communicating with me. You may think me stupid or superstitious, but it is an experience I have never had before, and for every white feather I see, the feeling grows stronger.

Sometimes other people can say things better than you can yourself, because you are too close to events. This was certainly the case when a complete stranger, a middle-aged American woman whose name we do not know, wrote to us and managed to capture the entire essence of the person Meredith was. Her message, unsolicited but so appreciated, was so poignant that it made us cry. Here is what this American woman wrote about our daughter, which I am proud to publish.

    Meredith was an exceptional young woman, who was intelligent, friendly and loving, beginning the adventure of a lifetime. She emerged into the independence of young adulthood with a remarkable ability to make good on all of the advantages that life had given her: a loving family, physical beauty and vitality, intelligence, grace and wit and a desire to excel.

    Along with others, I have felt drawn to learn more about this extraordinary young woman, who did everything that she could, it seemed, to be happy, to achieve and to create goodwill among everyone that she encountered. By all accounts, she was conscientious and generous, possessing a grace and sense of responsibility unusual for her age, while retaining a youthful joy and spontaneity.

    Over time, I became aware of another, deepening aspect of her story working through me. I thought about how beautifully Meredith moved through the world: her dedication to her studies and focus on future goals; her commitment to family and the value that she placed on all relationships. These were qualities that became a touchstone for me, qualities that I aspired to strengthen in myself. I felt drawn to her radiance as a guiding force for good in my own life.

    Most of us will never enjoy, in such abundance, or with such seeming ease, the beauty, joy and success that Meredith possessed and achieved in her short life. But what Meredith knew, what Meredith was, can become a universal lesson. What Meredith, the woman and her life, can teach us, and has certainly taught me, is the value of moving in the world from a place of light and joy. Meredith has set an example, a standard that challenges and inspires us to live in the world differently. Every time that I think of her, I am reminded of this. For those of us who open ourselves to receiving the gift of her radiant beauty, she can serve as a source of inspiration, and a light toward which we can strive.

Upon reading this, I was overwhelmed. I wondered if this lady was clairvoyant, for she had somehow captured the essence of Meredith so perfectly. I could not have written anything better.

It is moments like this that make me believe that it is right that, as a family, we still vow to get justice for our Meredith ““ who, in death, has somehow changed the lives of so many people, without them having even known her. How these people are so perceptive about her, I do not know, but the fact that she has touched so many unknowns means that, in some way, she still goes on.

Posted by Our Main Posters on 12/28/14 at 05:36 AM in Concerning Meredith

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Meredith IS a shining star.  Peace and justice will be coming in 2015!

Posted by zinnia on 12/28/14 at 09:16 AM | #

Thanks Zinnia

Here are our past posts on the compelling book by John Kercher.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 12/28/14 at 02:59 PM | #

Superstition or not, it is a very moving account.

You will not be forgotten. A bright future on earth was snatched away from you but you still live in the hearts and minds of so many friends and well wishers.

Only thing still pending is justice and hopefully it will come soon.

Happy New Year to YOU all.

Posted by chami on 12/28/14 at 04:58 PM | #

I echo Chami’s comments.

In the photo above, Meredith’s skin is luminescent, and her eyes sparkle and emit light too.
It is a quality she shares with her family, but is particularly noticeable here in her.

Sending every wish for comfort and justice to her family at this special time.

Posted by SeekingUnderstanding on 12/28/14 at 06:07 PM | #

I made a poster here in memoriam. Feel free to use as you wish:

May 2015 bring Meredith and her family justice, long denied.

Posted by Ergon on 12/28/14 at 10:34 PM | #

I too echo that 2015 may bring justice to Meredith and her family. I hope the family will have a modicum of peace or a sense of closure once justice is served.

Posted by Vinnie on 12/29/14 at 05:13 AM | #

happy birthday Meredith. seasons greetings and kind thoughts to the kercher family

Posted by mollythecat on 12/29/14 at 10:30 AM | #

My mother and I have received several white feathers since my father passed away. I know he looks in on us all the time.

Posted by mollythecat on 12/29/14 at 10:32 AM | #

God Bless You Meredith. We will not stop until true justice has been given to you and your family

Posted by Grahame Rhodes on 12/30/14 at 12:43 AM | #

#amandaknox poll rigging? Change ORG Petition = 1,000 supporters Dec 30, 2014 then reached 1451 in half a day even though only 3 more signed, lol lol!

Posted by Ergon on 12/31/14 at 06:14 AM | #

It’s great to see articles with headlines referring to Amanda Knox as a convicted killer:

The piece also has a link to Selene’s article about Knox’s PR campaign on The Huffington Post website.

Posted by The Machine on 12/31/14 at 02:11 PM | #

Good catch Ergon. The very low numbers which we are seeing everywhere must be discouraging to the isolated Knox.

That poll is the absurd Karen Pruett’s effort right? That was to be sent to the foreign affairs department of various countries with chest-thumping from the Knox mob?

That wont make any governments quake - or even read. Governments and the UN are plagued with crackpot efforts like these. They go straight in the bin.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 12/31/14 at 05:00 PM | #

Happy New Year everyone. Upon occasion and as some of you do, I read Knox web site, in particular her blog. It’s really amazing how she surrounds herself with a balloon of isolation. In other words such comments as

“The Contamination has been proven to have taken place”

WOW! How fortunate. I am reminded of the parallels between the Knox cultists and the late Roger Eberts comments on some of the films he hated such as his comments on the film ‘North’
The same can be made here. I shall paraphrase.

“I hated every simpering stupid vacant audience insulting insult of the comments supporting Knox.
I hated the sensibility that thought anyone would believe it and I hated the implied insult to anybody who ,upon closer examination, would be taken in by it.

And yes that has all the hallmarks of Karen Pruetts fanaticism who steadfastly believes everything she has been told. ie “How could someone as innocent as Amanda Knox have done anything like this?”

It’s amazing the lies they tell each other in the belief it will make any difference. Of course this will not end in March or anytime shortly thereafter. But it will end. Speaking of Karen Pruett she did call all of Italian jurist prudence “A bunch of bastards” in the belief that they are all just there to protect Mignini who according to the Knoxaholics are just the same as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter.

Speaking of coincidences though, OJ Simpson, Jodi Arias, Amanda Knox same birthday. There is a saying “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. But Three times is a declaration of war.” 

Anyway Happy New Year to everyone once more and with Gods good grace justice will be served this year and Knox will go to the jail cell she so richly deserves. Perhaps Curt and Edda will go too. Now that would be a present worth savoring. I am sure also that Italian justice are keeping some bomb shell or other up their sleeves since certain people believe they can malign officials and thereby their justice system and get away with it.

Posted by Grahame Rhodes on 12/31/14 at 09:10 PM | #

Happy New Year 2015 to everyone at TJMK and PMFs. 2015 will be the best year ever, especially for Peter Quennell the architect of this justice website. May lurkers and former posters and commenters please return, like Ernest Werner and aethelred23, macthomas the elegant stream of consciousness poet and all the unnamed but valuable others who support justice for Meredith. BRMull, we ain’t forgot ya…

@SeekingUnderstanding, Happy New Year to you and all the TJMK Main Posters. Christmas hit me with a double whammy this year, most of it good, whatever confusion was the product of months of procrastination, ha ha but all’s well that ends well as the great Bard said in his truly stoic, brave English spirit.

Today is major SEC football excitement in bowl games for two of my fave teams. It’s good starting the year with pom-poms shaking, bands marching and TJMK team spirit. The goal line is in sight for justice one first down at a time, move the ball the whole ten yards from Perugia to Florence then you’re in the end zone at Rome and the goalpost is ready for extra point kick. Quennell has been MVP quarterback for a great team.

Happy 2015 to all of Meredith’s friends.

Posted by Hopeful on 01/01/15 at 08:00 PM | #

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