“Unique” is what we could all say about Kari. Kari and I were matched for many years in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. When I first met Kari, she told me that she wanted to grow up to be rich and own a Lincoln Navigator. I tried to teach her there was more to life than money. At first, I didn’t think she was listening until years later…
Because of Big Brothers Big Sisters and my determination to show Kari she could soar, she turned out to be a great person. Kari graduated high school and went on to the criminal justice program at NWTC. She then came to a point in her life where she had to make a very important life changing decision and she called me. While attending college she found out she had an unplanned pregnancy. Having nine children of my own (five who are adopted), she knew how I felt about adoption.
After a long talk and days of thinking, Kari called to tell me she planned to not put the child up for adoption but to raise the child on her own. She knew it wouldn't be easy but she knew it was the right decision for her. She stayed in school. She worked full time.
One day, I got a call, "Mrs. Larsen I need you." I went to be with Kari as she gave birth. I was not prepared to be there, but Kari assured me that I would be fine helping her. After a long labor we did it together. Lincoln was born, healthy and strong. Kari asked the doctor to hand him to me. I kissed Kari and went home to sleep exhausted but feeling that “sometimes we need other people in our lives to walk along side us.”
The next day, I gave Kari a car seat. Kari said to me, “thank you Mrs. Larsen for giving me a Lincoln Navigator.” She named her baby Lincoln and she was now wealthy beyond what money could buy. She got what I said so many years before.
- Mentor Deb Larsen