I'm not looking for praise our gratitude or thanks for what I do. I just like to put things into perspective. Tonight I took my kids on an outing. We played minigolf, we rode mini boats, and we played arcade games. We had an hour and a half of fun for $23. We could've had fun for no money but I was having some major mom guilt as I haven't been able to take the time off of work that I had planned to do special time with them this summer. Their dad gets special time with them in the winter when he's home from work travel. I don't get one on one time during the week for more than just a few hours and that's filled with chores, baths, and dinner. And although I don't have to be away from them I do still have to work, and I'm typically working more than one job every single day because I love what I do.
So, perspective: This week I assisted a client with her release from prison. I drove her from prison to her final destination. I assisted her with receiving one months worth of housing. I transported her to a few appointments to check out community programming to help her reintegration. I took her to a food pantry and assisted her with getting some groceries to start out. I took her to a local market where they give people in her situation a free gallon of milk and I showed her how to get a few things from the deli for free, such as plastic ware and condiments to use with her food pantry food. We talked about her goals we reflected on her past and we discussed how she is just like any other person out there. We've all made mistakes and we must accept that and move on and engage in a life that's worth living. I showed her where the local thrift shop was and she was excited to find clothing for job interviews in her size and less than $5. You see she's being released into a community with no friends, no family, no support, and with $29 to her name. I'm not going to explain why she's being released from prison. I'm not going to except any negative comments on this post. But I will tell you that over 30,000 people are imprisoned in our state meaning at least a portion of those, thousands of people, are released into our communities to be productive members of society..