Ovation: Happy Birthday, Natalie Carson. You Are Not Alone!
My birthday was last week. I’ve had a lot of them. I always joke and say that “It beats the alternative!” They’ve all been good. I hope I have a lot more. I, generally, don’t like to be the center of attention but, once a year on my “special day” I acquiesce and let my loved ones celebrate ME. I don’t think I’ve ever been alone on my birthday. I consider myself extremely fortunate in that regard.
Today is Natalie Carson’s twentieth birthday.
Last week Natalie, who lives in Colorado, after years of lonely and painful birthdays decided that this one would be different. The determined teen turned to Craigslist to look for people willing to act like a loving family to help her celebrate her birthday. In an advertisement posted on the free online classifieds website, Carson explained that she’s a young, female college student looking to “rent” a family with whom she might celebrate her birthday. She explained that she had aged out of the foster care system after years of living in an abusive household in Georgia.
Carson, who even offered to pay eight dollars per hour to make her birthday special, has explained in interviews that when she left the foster care system, she moved to Denver where she was homeless for a time before getting a GED and continuing to take computer science classes.
“I just want one day that I can feel important and special, and like I matter if I really don’t. I have never had a good birthday so I figure why not this birthday.” – Natalie Carson
Inspired by another girl in California who rented a family via Craigslist for the holidays, Carson has received thousands of replies via email, with some families offering to visit her in Colorado and bring gifts. She thinks she may have found a family to celebrate with.
I hope she has the best birthday ever.
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