My prisoners....a total of 10 that I write to and here's the outcome and reason....
by, 04-21-2012 at 08:47 PM (405 Views)
I have a total of 10 prisoners that I am currently writing all in different states and in different prisons. And I am writing to someone who is on death row. Granted, they made mistakes just like we all do and they are paying for their choices. So here's my story with them....
I received my first letter March 10, 2012 and I'll never forget it I was on the phone with my best friend (who initially got me into this) and I was like oh my god I just got a letter from a prisoner!!! And at first I was skeptical about writing back but from the very first letter that my first prisoner sent me everything after that is history. He writes me all the time and I write to him more than the others. But there is a huge connection with my first prisoner...something I never thought would ever happen. My mailbox is always full of letters from him and others as well. But I feel like I've made a difference in his life as well as the others.
The other 9 prisoners have shared their stories with me and my heart really goes out to them. They've made mistakes to that they admit (and that's hard to do with alot of people) and they each are trying to be more positive and change their lives around and I feel like with my kind and encouraging words that I am helping them in some way. So it makes me feel good to know that I am doing my part in trying to fix this screwed up world that we live in. Granted there are other ways to help fix the world which I recycle, I make my own cleaning products from natural resources etc. But I also think that if good people like myself, my best friend, and all the others who have opened their heart to prisoners that maybe just maybe we could fix the world...not entirely because there are still sickos out there but we could help fix the ones that aren't. And that just made really really bad choices.
The death row prisoner I am currently writing....I was looking on this site at prisoner artwork because I am a big fan of art period doesn't matter who does it I just love art. Anyways I found a piece of his artwork and so I wrote him to let him know that his painting touched me and was beautiful. And offered him a friend for the time that he has left on this earth. I recieved his letter and it was the most depressing letter I've ever received...but its understandable...its death row...the condemned. But anyways, as the bubbly person that I am I wrote back to him with nothing but happiness and laughter. Hoping I make him laugh. I also googled him. And there were alot of different things that said what his crime was but had its own story to be told. So when he said that he didn't talk about his crime I told him that I didn't want to know about his crime...I just wanted to get to know him as a person. The letter he sent back made me cry!!! It was so heart warming and he literally doesn't have anyone. All his family are either passed on or just don't talk to him. And I felt so sorry for this man. Granted he asked for the death penalty but still its sad. To me anyway.
Anyways....I really feel like I am making a difference in someone's life and I am very thankful that my best friend talked me into starting this whole thing with writing prisoners. Its equally rewarding..SO I encourage everyone who writes prisoners to get your friends and family to write a prisoner(s) you never know what your kind words could do to someone who has no one.