The escape from prison for many inmates is reading about life on the outside.
I have a friend Don, who has made some bad life choices and is now serving a 40-year prison sentence. He has been there for 23 years. For the past five years I have written him regularly. He is the reason this blog came to be. I regularly send him letters about our rides and it has become a great escape from his surroundings. On one occasion he wrote about these ride stories in one of his news letters he sends out.
I received this from Don about our last ride in his last letter.
“I received your letter and I really enjoyed my trip. 🙂 Janet’s Aunt’s place is beautiful. I would give anything to live like that! Just looking through the trees at the lake sent me into the world. It also made me think of Bobby – he would have loved it too. I share the trips with others in here who enjoy such things. You have no idea how much difference the pictures, the history and dialogue makes to men who have not been out in decades. I really appreciate you sharing it with me.”
It’s nice to know that I can bring just a little bit of joy to Don and his fellow inmates by journaling my rides. If you know someone serving time I would suggest that you take some time to write them. It would mean so very much to them. Share things like my ride stories, vacations, time at the lake, your high school team or just life in general. You may never know how this will help but I can testify that it does help. I print my ride stories separate so he can pass them around to other inmates. If you know someone who would enjoy our rides, please feel free to print them out and send them to whomever. It will mean a lot to them.
I hope I have planted an idea and you will take the time soon to act upon it. You will be blessed.