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January 22, 2006

HarryTho 1/22 Natalee Holloway Commentary

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Breaking with tradition, I thought I would get a jump on the coming week by exploring a different perspective. This evening I will entertain the idea as to why the Kingdom of Mountain Brook residents are so resolute in their quest to find Natalee Holloway.

Despite our stance and open perspective on the events that may have unfolded in Aruba, in order to be fair, we should explore the Kingdom of Mountain Brook.

This link provides a detailed profile of the Kingdom of Mountain Brook. To most of us, the profile just list a bunch of meaningless numbers. When juxtaposed with other small enclaves throughout the United States, we can begin to appreciate some of the anomalies of small town living.

The population figure of 98.1% white tells a good deal about the Kingdom of Mountain Brook. In support of our "majority white" impressions are the figures on average income and education level. These residents are mainly professional people.

As a result of inquiry, some poster provided us a picture of a lovely home in the Kingdom of Mountain Brook. Though this was not specifically stated, I believe it is Natalee Holloway's home:


If my memory serves me correctly, I believe I saw Secretary of State Rice walk down the red-brick path to this home. Her Excellency was visiting Beth Twitty.

One gets the impression that this would be a lovely place to reside. One can imagine Jug mowing that lawn! The caption under the picture evokes a magical world that one must have had to embrace in order to appreciate this lovely setting.

"... close your eyes and tap you heels together three times.
And think to yourself ... 'There's no place like home; There's no place like home;
There's no place like home".

How did these Kingdom of Mountain Brook people know and remember Natalee Holloway?

From her high school:

Natalee's "Last Dance"

Over the loud speaker at the Mountain Brook High School Gym, an announcer introduces Natalee to the crowd. It was her last dance as a Dorian, Mountain Brook High's dance team. Natalee happened to be the last senior honored at the event.


She spent her high school career cheering on her classmates from the field and the stands.


Before one half time show, a laughing and smiling Natalee waved at the camera before she took her place on the football field. A moment captured, teenage girls in their element. Laughing, joking, unaware of how quickly life would change.


The vibrant teen tried to hold back the tears as the last dance came to an end. A bright future on the horrizon. An honor student with endless choices.

A beautiful young girl, with hopes and dreams for the future. A friend who was loved by one an all. And, now dear friends, it is time for us to unite and cheer Natalee on.
From her junior high school.


From her early life in elementary school:


How do the people of the Kingdom of Mountain Brook envision Natalee today? Here is a link to a number of compassionate letters written to Natalee wherever she may be:


A Letter from A Mountain Brook Mom

Natalee your name reminds me of a beautiful 19 year old girl, of a band marching down Church Street. The sunlight reflecting from strands of your golden blonde hair. A smile that generates a zest and love for life ... as the drummers beat their drums ... each bandmember marching to the beat.

Natalee your name reminds me of Market Glen and of the kids you worked with there. Remembering your compassion towards those with special needs and how you freely gave to them ... your time and encouragement.

Natalee your name reminds me that we should not take life for granted. I am reminded of trials and tribulations that are less than those desired and we should keep our FAITH. To keep ourselves focused on Jesus and the Bible at our side.

Natalee we do not know what tomrorrow may bring. But hope one day that a tomorrow will become the day that you come home. There is more to your name than anyone will ever know ... but one thing is for certain ... Natalee we miss and love you so...


People like Ericka Harvey, a GMA singer, wrote a most beautiful song for you, 'Natalee's Song'. 91.9 WGIB in Birmingham, AL. plays "Natalee" during it's mid-day fellowship hour Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Natalee, when you return, none of us want you to ever think or believe that any of what has happened was your fault. You are not and never will be to blame for any of this. You were the victim, not the perpetrator. This whole tragic situation was caused by others who have no regard for the value of human life or human dignity. We will love and support you throughout whatever it takes to make you whole again. Just understand, you can count on us. We will be there for you and for your familes too. They have been so amazing and devoted to you. In time, you will see just how much they did to ensure your return. You will also see how much love there is all over the world for you. You are our American girl, our Princess, our Hero. You have come into our hearts and made a place within that will be with us forever. And, Natalee, know that you will not be forgotten - ever.

Just For Natalee

Clearly, the words above and the sentiments expressed in these links make it very obvious that the people of the Kingdom of Mountain Brook, and perhaps all of Alabama, will never forget Natalee Holloway.

The foregoing reminds me a wonderful Japanese poem from the Seventeenth Century by Matsuo Basho that I believe captures the essence of the Kingdom of Mountain Brook writings:

The temple bell dies away.
The scent of the flowers in the evening
Is still tolling the bell.

Kana kiete
hana wo no ka wa tsuku
yube kana

With Aloha,

Posted by Richard at January 22, 2006 9:10 PM

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