Some of you may already know that my father has been in prison for the last 30 years & is currently serving a life sentence. But what you probably don’t know is the amount of suffering & heartache my Grandma (his mother) has had to endure. But even with a broken heart, she still does everything she can to be there for her only son.
Part of what she does, and has done for the past 30 years, is drive many hours away for only a two-hour visit. Then, after the visit is over, she gets in her car and drives back home. All in one day! When I ask her why she puts herself through this, she tells me, “one day when you have kids, you’ll understand.”
And to make things worse, when she does go for a visit, she has to talk to him on a telephone through a glass window (like in the picture above) and it’s been this way for the last 5 years. So for 5 years, my grandma hasn’t gotten a hug. For 5 years, my grandma hasn’t gotten to hold my dad’s hand. And for 5 years, my dad hasn’t felt the peace and comfort that can only come from a mothers touch.
But as of this week, things have changed. On Tuesday, my dad was granted his G2 by a review board, which means he now gets contact visits! So as I’m writing this, my grandma is doing what she always does – she’ll get up before the sunrise, drive a few hours by herself, & then check in with the prison guards to approve her visit. But today's visit will be different – TODAY, for the first time in over 5 years’, my grandma gets to hug her son.
This has stirred many different emotions inside of me. But the main reason for this post is that I just wanted to gently remind you to not take the little things in life for granted. You may think that a hug, a kiss, or even a laugh isn’t that big of a deal…. but my grandma would definitely disagree. SOMETIMES THE THING WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IS EXACTLY WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE PRAYING & HOPING FOR. So this weekend, hug the people you love a little longer & squeeze a little tighter. And when they say, “Get off of me”…don’t.