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A Family in Prison MAG

January 28, 2009
By Anonymous

I was five when I watched my dad get led out of a courtroom in handcuffs and shackles. There were so many people moving around, I wasn’t sure what was really happening. One thing I did see very clearly and will never forget was the tear rolling down his cheek. That was the first time I had ever seen him cry. Almost 11 years have passed and I still remember that day perfectly. That was the last time I saw my dad outside prison.

Being young, only in kindergarten, I was frightened by this terrifying place. Surrounded by barbed wire and razor fences, I thought it was a horror house. That first visit was just the first of many times I’d go through the process of being frisked and walking through metal detectors.

That first time my family and I stepped into a large room filled with dozens of men wearing blue uniforms, I wondered if the other inmates’ loved ones felt the way we did. The convicts looked almost like clones – until I saw my dad. He looked much thinner and really frail. My mom started crying, and he came over and hugged her.

It felt so surreal, like I was dreaming. Now I can hardly remember my dad without his uniform. Some mornings I wake up and, for a split second, forget he’s not home anymore. Then it hurts even worse when I remember where he is and that my mom and I will never have him back.

It hurts to think of all the special memories my dad didn’t share with us. All the birthday parties and family vacations he missed. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world for a girl to know that her father won’t be there to walk her down the aisle.

While my sisters, mom, and I are out living life, Dad is in that horrific place every minute of his life, only getting to see his family one day a week. My mother and I feel so much pain not having him with us, but I can’t begin to imagine his pain and suffering every day in there.

We continue to hope for a miracle. My dad will be eligible for parole in 2023. We continue to pray that an innocent man will be freed from his life sentence for a murder he did not commit.

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stikz23 said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:25 am
wow thats so sad and you have an amazing tallent for writing good job

columbine said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:24 am
the story was really strong and really made me think about what your feeling. i think its so unfair that people get freamed into jail...........

on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:23 am
Thats pretty sad I hope your dad gets out soon since he did not commit the crime.

dude840 said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:21 am
That's said how you can't see your dad outside prison until 2023.

devils 92 said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:21 am
Thats a very sad story you have some great tallent for writing  

SALT said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:18 am
Your writing was so detailed. Im sorry I have been in your shoes. I love how you described your feelings. To be honest I want to hug you now.

MORMS said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:18 am
I totally agree this a was a great piece of writing and i enjoyed it very much.

Dee11 said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:18 am
Your story blew me away. I can really relate to what your going through. Great great job.

PEPPER said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:17 am
I know how you feel down to the exact point. You now this is a heart felt, true story when you feel like crying while your reading. i loved the way ou described the way you feel about his innocence and i belive he is. There is no reason for an innocent person to be suffering from somebody elses wrong doing and it makes me so sick that people everyday are cinvicted of things they wouldnt ever do. Im very sorry for your loss and hope you get better.

lucky duck said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:15 am
Good job with this story. IT was well writen and very discriptive. keep on wrighting.

on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:15 am
It's sad to hear what you were put through at such a young age.

PolkaDotz said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:15 am
This is a very sad story, about how a dad is acused that he murdered someone, and a girl that has to love without him. I feel sorry like everyone else because of that. If I was her, I would feel sad too.

on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:14 am
I am sorry. You have some serious writing talent. My favorite stanza was when you were describing all your families feelings.

akatheshizz said...
on Oct. 13 2010 at 9:14 am
Your story was amazing, words can't even describe. I'm sorry for your loss.

on Oct. 4 2010 at 10:57 am
Kresint50401 BRONZE, Erie, Pennsylvania
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You know it's good writing when you get the chills like I just did... Great job!

on Sep. 21 2010 at 3:55 pm
deus-ex-machina14 BRONZE, Stewartsville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"There are two main tragedies in life. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." -Oscar Wilde

Oh my Gosh, I am so sorry. My biggest consolations and the comment that you are very brave to share it with us. You are, by the way, a fabulous writer.

on Aug. 30 2010 at 11:07 pm
darkangel09 GOLD, South Huntington, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it."-Voltaire

i'm so sorry about your father. i hope everything works out. good luck!

on Aug. 30 2010 at 8:08 pm
Mortie PLATINUM, Oak Run, California
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Favorite Quote:
Whats The Point?

oh wow, that is so sad! i am so sorry that happened! i wish you the best!

on Aug. 30 2010 at 5:09 pm
theatercamper112 SILVER, Lemont, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Do what you want to not what anyone else tells you to.

I am so sorry about your family. I hope he is freed sooner than you think. Great Job on the story and keep writing.

HaleyHottie said...
on Aug. 30 2010 at 3:53 pm
Are you positive he didnt commit the murder?