All the Things in Life
Updated: Mar 23, 2021
Eli’s life was a testimony that we all have a legacy to leave: Eli’s is love. Eli’s beauty and joy spread widely. Carrying one extra chromosome, he shifted many people’s perspectives and inspired people to come together to work toward a common goal. He walked with grace, kindness, and was a light to all those around him. The Eli’s Park Project strives to create a peaceful natural space where everyone feels welcome and valued to enjoy themselves within a diverse and inclusive community. If you didn’t know Eli, the project shows you a glimpse into the kind of young boy he was.
Eli’s neighbor, Kelly Harland, wrote a song for Eli. Weaving her musical and lyrical talents together with her exceptional ability to embrace others exactly as they are, All the Things, captures the essence of Eli and his everlasting love. Desiree Cross, a wonderful singer and friend of Kelly, performed the song. Eli’s parents believe Kelly was just born with extraordinary compassion and a great capacity for love. They wonder if raising an autistic child encouraged her to be more intentional, more generous, and more inclusive with her love for the people in this world. They know for sure, Eli and their family, are so thankful to love and be loved by Kelly.
Album, Real Heart, by Kelly Harland Desiree Cross (Left) and Kelly Harland (Right)
When people are truly included, all the things in life that make a person unique are seen and loved.
“Thank you, Kelly, for looking at the world and seeing Eli this way. And, for remembering…
All the things Eli is,
All the things Eli would have been,
All the things he gave to the world.
I love you.
With tremendous gratitude to everyone who shared their love and talents on this special piece, The Eli’s Park Project is a blessing to be a part of.”
-Paige Reischl, Eli’s Mom, Design Team
Song written and produced by Kelly Harland
Vocal by Desiree Cross
Guitars: Brian Monroney
Engineered by Floyd Reitsma
at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA