What would you to keep this boy safe.
My Dad was born over 6 years before what his birth certificate says.
War abounded. Thousands of men were dying in trenches. It was what they called the war to end all wars. Mustard gas. Certainly it was worse than the American Civil War where 500 thousand souls lost their life fighting for something they could not even grasp. Many many Americans lost their sons in that war. Many brothers lost brothers and so on and so on.
Some parents agreed not to make the same mistake. My Grandpa was born in the century before the last one. He died at 98. He was born closer to the civil war than to WWI. That is just one generation from me. So he changed my Dad's birth certificate when he saw WWII brewing as he had lost two brothers in WWI.
Let me cry over the wars he suffered.
My Grandpa changed my dads Birth Certificate
Maybe he had a little Trieste with the county clerk lady. Maybe he paid some bucks to a bureaucrat but he kept my pappy in school and not off to war. Grand pappy was bold he went from 2007 to 2013. Hi hihihihi. But my pappy was sequestered in a Jesuit monastery. And by the time of the war he was too old already and enlisted anyway. I suppose changing it back maybe or since he was a Doctor they took him in as old as he was. That certificate was used partially to convince my mom to marry him. I do not think she would have had he been any older. That certificate established his Social Security number which helped his income in later years.
And if fact that certificate ended up giving me my middle name and last name.
Now let me leave out names. My wife's was changed. Mine was changed. And my good friend had his changed.
I hope you realize love has everything to do with it.
I suppose I never really got the meaning of life.
Mine was changed because my father could and did.
I was born in the 50's to an unwed lady without a father. Stigma was still attached back then. You would see things on forms for applications like: Illigitimate check here. Kids could be brutal and doors closed that were open to ligitimate kids. So my dad covered the bases and I was born to him and my adopted mother.
They both decided to go with the full public disclosure later anyway and my "chosen day" was celebrated in every grade and school I attended. So the first official paper on me is a fraud and nobody cares.
My wife's is more exciting!!
She was born in Saigon in 1974. The city was getting ready to fall. The US was rumoring to pull out. Her father was a jumper. He was attached to a US Ranger outfit. 8 months after she was born he made his last jump. He broke his leg and was captured by the Viet Cong. By the spring of 75 the Viet Cong were rounding up the children of men like her father and certain ages were taken away to indoctrination camps. By 77 her family had smuggled her into the country and gave her a false certificate and she avoided that incarceration.
Her father she did not see until 6 years old as he was in a concentration/labor camp until full "re-educated".
I will bet this guy's certificate said Joseph was his dad
My friends is just to classic
He was born in Mexico and immigrated without papers with his mom and dad in very late 70's. Reagan I think implemented an amnesty program and we got his parents in that program but my friend just showed up one day with a birth certificate from LA county. Only cost him 200 dollars and was real. OK it was real for a dead guy who was never reported dead.
It all worked out well. Totally fraudulent. But the family stayed together and my friend graduated from a college and is a social worker doing good stuff. And his parents are doting grandparents back in Cholulla Mexico.
Do you know someone who knows someone
Do you know anyone with a false certificate of birth?
As is this Authors want, let me close with some thoughts
A piece of paper tells us who birthed us and where and when. We base a lot of our lives on that paper. Funny huh? I think we even know our race from that paper and our sex. Thank goodnes for that or I would be lost ;-)
But it really is just a piece of paper that needs to be remembered as such. It cannot change that which is in our hearts and souls. It cannot change our age. It cannot change our country. It cannot change who real parents are. It cannot change our race. It does in fact nothing to change or establish who we are.
But we cling to it for our identity. Like some men cling to their cars as their phallic. Or women to their clothes.
Well I hope you like your certificate. I like mine. The nuance of the lie always reminds me how much I was loved.