Dec. 27, 2019

1-Week closer to home

by William D. Linley (David) (author's profile)

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Date Received: 12/19/2019 04:06 PM CST
Subject: One week closer to home

Another week is ending. One more tick mark on my way home.

Christmas is around the corner and everything seems to slow down in prison. The next two weeks will be at half speed. The air somber and sometimes sad. Guys like to put up a happy mask but, inside, I think most guys feel like me. Your gut is sad and missing life.

The holidays just become another set of days. Just keep buys and get through. Don't dwell on the sadness too much. All the nice, family holiday movies and shows usually get skipped. Even funny comedies can trigger sadness.

Just hold out until January 3rd, and things get back to normal. Don't change the routine!

I am grateful that this is my last Christmas incarcerated.

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frameyourstories Posted 8 months, 3 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 8 months, 2 weeks ago   Favorite
David,
I just read your post about the Christmas holidays and the sadness that often accompanies them. My husband passed away Nov 29th, just a month ago. I declared a non-Christmas to get through. No tree, no presents, and no ugly Christmas sweaters! We may have different reasons for sadness during the holidays...it is still difficult.

I teach a writing class at the Utah State prison for the men in the substance abuse program. I am inspired every time I hear their stories of courage and strength. I see them grow as they go through the six-week course. Being with "my guys" brings me joy each week. That's what helped me through the holidays, planning my next writing lesson and seeing them again.

Gabby

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