The Whole United States Should Be Her Family


The Whole United States Should Be Her Family. Natalie Carson doesn’t have a family. She wants a family for her 20th birthday on June 10th. She’s willing to pay $8 an hour to rent a family for her birthday. We need to let her know the whole United States is her family.

This young lady from Westminster, Colorado advertised on Craigslist to find that family. She’s had a number of replies.

Natalie’s had a rough life. According to Natalie, her biological parents abused her, and then a Georgia family adopted and abused her.

She spent time in foster homes after that, but fostered out, as she calls it, at 18, and went back to Colorado where she’s from. She’s now in college studying computer science.

KMGH-TV in Denver ran the story about her. To any of you so inclined, I wish you would e-mail KMGH-TV, and show Natalie she is not alone in this world, in this United States of America. Go to KMGH-TV e-mail address, and you’ll find a space to write a note.

We who grew up surrounded by family probably have no idea what kind of life Natalie has led. As my parents and brothers and sisters died, I began to have some idea of Natalie’s life, but it still was not the same, because I have my own family, my wife and my children. I’ve never been alone like Natalie.

The closest I can come to Natalie’s feelings is a man I’ve known a long time, because I frequented his business on many occasions. He lives up the street from us, too far to be called a neighbor. His wife died last week. He has married children, but having to be at home on that first night without his wife, and all the nights thereafter, I’m certain tells him what lonesome really is. At least he had his wife for many years.

Natalie has never had anyone she could rely on. Anyone at night who could reassure her. When she was down, nobody to help her get up.

But whatever background she came from, she’s climbed out of that hole, and seems determined to make her life worthwhile, to perhaps mean something to somebody, to fill that hole they themselves may have.

For Natalie there was no American dream, until she decided she should have an American dream, get an education, do well in the business world, be a somebody who makes a difference, maybe have a family someday, and have kids.

A person who has adversity as Natalie has had, graduates from the school of hard knocks long before she graduates from any other school. The odd thing about that is that it often makes you vow you will not be the person you are supposed to be because of your circumstances. You will be a much better person. A person who rises above the destructive nature of all of those around you.

I hope Natalie finds a family for her birthday, one that will not charge her the $8 an hour. But regardless they will go home afterwards, and again Natalie will be alone. But she can’t be alone. The vast expanse of this whole United States of America should not let her be alone.

We should let her know we are pulling for her every step of the way. Maybe we can’t be there in person, but that does not prevent our spirits from being there. Urging her on. Cheering her at her triumphs. Taking great pleasure at what she is overcoming. I have no idea how Martin Luther King, Jr. would have felt about this, but surely he would have said this is one of the greatest examples of what he was trying to teach.

The best to you Natalie Carson. You are not alone anymore.

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