It’s that time of year again when those of us who are living free celebrate the holidays. We enjoy family, friends, music, food and comradeship. For those who are incarcerated, this time of year can be devastating. Some are separated from their families by thousands of miles, and will not have the chance to see them at all. For some they may get a visit, but after the visit they will go back to their cells, while their family or friends go back to their lives on the outside. For those who are in solitary it is even worse. They sit alone in their bathroom sized cell, and may not even be able to speak to another person. Can you imagine that?
Take just a moment out of your day to write to your loved one, or give them a call if you can, to let them know they are not forgotten, and that their is someone out there who is thinking of them. It may not mean a lot to you, but to them it will make their day.
If you are able, send them a little extra cash so they can get something special from the commissary, maybe a pack of chips or a candy bar, or even a sweat shirt. It will help them cope, and alleviate some of he anger or despair they may feel. Yes, your friends may say they are in prison and they deserve to be there, and maybe they do. However, over the years many inmates have more than paid their debt, and are changed people. Just a little kindness can do a lot to help them through the season.
Merry Christmas to you and yours, where ever they may be.
Grand Tetons, Wyoming 2016