Life After Incarceration
I can’t think of anything that any prison wife wants more than for her husband to come home from jail. Its our first thought as we wake up in the morning and our last thought as we drift off to sleep at night. Then why does the reality of it make us nervous? Why do we all get a split second jolt of anxiety pulsing right through the center of our chests at the simple thought of our loved one’s homecoming?
During my six hour drive to visit, I was having a conversation with one of my good friends, a fellow prison wife. This topic came up and we agreed that it was a nerve-racking thought – but the “best kind” of nervous, for certain.
During the last day of my weekend in PA, toward the end of our visit, I posed the question to Adam. He explained that there is a similar type of stress on the inside. That when a guy gets short [on time] they become lost in their thoughts and start acting a bit bizarre. He swore he has no fear, anxiety or doubt about the future like “those guys” do – but I (lovingly) called his bluff and reminded him it might just be due to the fact that we don’t have a release date. Well, not for the next couple of centuries at least.
In today’s video, I explain where I believe the anxieties of a pending prison release are rooted for for those of us on the outside. Watch it and let us know what you think. Do you agree? Have you experienced a similar situation? Does the thought of your loved one coming home give you that twinge of anxiety too? Keep breathing and smile through it my friends, Ro