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NATLIE
by Josie Hamby
02/08/13
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She was a young woman and pregnant and in love with a man, who wanted nothing to do with this baby; after all it wasn’t his. He wanted her but not someone else’s child. So what was she to do? Alone in New York and no one to turn to, and then an answer to her situation, a family member asked her if she would be willing to give this baby up. This family had always wanted a little girl, they had two sons; and a daughter would make them a perfect family. Dora had found the solution to her worries. She made the decision, it was the right thing to do, she loved this man. Dora gave her baby to this family and married her love, and for years they lived in New York. This little baby had a family now, they moved all the way across the United States to Arizona and began a new life, gave her a name and she was loved. Natalie grew from a little girl to a beautiful young woman, dark brown hair, big blue eyes. They got involved in a church and gave their hearts and lives to the God. Natalie had been told at the right age that she had been adopted and she accepted it very well cause she knew she was loved so much. As she grew older her mom tried to encourage Natalie to seek out her biological mother and make some contact with her, after all one day she may need to know her. She had no desire to contact her, she was happy with her life the way it was and deep down she could not understand why this woman had given her up. Natalie had married and had two sons, and soon they started asking questions about this lady who could be their other grandmother. While working downtown Phoenix in a deli in a high rise building , her life story caught the ears of a newspaper reporter and it was printed in the Gazette. He quoted, that it was not finished, it was up to Natalie to finish it. It was during the Christmas season that Natalie finally decided to send Dora a Christmas card . That set the wheels in motion. Dora soon responded and soon she was sending the grandsons she had never met, birthday cards. One day there was a phone call from Dora she asked to speak to Natalie, she asked if she could come to Phoenix to meet her and her family. Dora took a flight to visit her daughter , it was a nice visit, not too emotional. It’s amazing how GOD has a way of bringing life’s events in full circle. It had been forty years of marriage for Natalie and her husband, and Dora called Natalie one day and asked her if she would come live with her, she would leave them her house. Age had caught up with her and her health was not getting any better. This sounded like a wonderful change for Natalie and her husband, so they packed up all their belongings and set off on a long route to New York. There were places they had never seen, they saw so much beautiful country along the way, it was a wonderful experience for them. She was looking for that special bonding with her biological mother. The first meeting had not gone so well, now this would be better. After a few days they made it to a small town in New York and the little house where Dora lived. The house had been so neglected for too many years, maybe because Dora had been widowed far too long. They began restoring all the things needed to be done. The one question on Natalie’s heart while there, was” why had this lady given her up?” For some reason Dora could never give her an answer. She must have had some reason why she would not talk about it. Natalie could not sit still so she found a part time job with the school system in the cafeteria and another one in a deli grocery store. Her and her husband lived there with Dora and the work continued on the house until it was made livable for them. One early morning Natalie is taken to the emergency with breathing problems and a pain in her back that won’t quit, So with all the medical procedures doctors began, to try and find what is causing all this pain. When the results come back the news is not good, it’s the “C” word that no one wants to hear, and it’s aggressive and malignant. She went into the hospital in September and by the middle of October she was breathing her last breath. She had become a member of her husband’s family and had made so many friends, that her memory remains in so many hearts and her laughter still rings in our hearts. Her questions were never answered , why Dora had given her up. It’s so ironic how she was born in New York and then drawn back to her birth place to take her last breath. Goes to show, our lives are in God’s hands.


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