Apr 3, 2009 – Pack Out Day

Friday, April 3, 2009 – Pack Out Day

It’s finally here. The day I pack all of my meager belongings in preparation for my release on the 6th. I’ve spent the last two days organizing everything and making lists about what I’ll need over the weekend and on the day I get out. I’ve spent the last week looking through my folders, envelopes, papers, etc. in an effort to consolidate my load. My burden, if you please. I had nothing when I was booked into county jail. I took nothing with me from there to Shelton except for a few legal papers. Yet, in the last 2 ¼ years, I’ve accumulated enough goodies to keep my sanity occupied. A few kitchen cabinet items like a bowl with lid, a water pitcher, and a mug that is now stained brown from these months of coffee and tea. Several books, mostly faith-based. I have 3 hymnals. I love the old hymns. I know and can play the contemporary Christian music (most of it I learned in prison), but there’s just something about the old hymns (set to foot-stomping Bluegrass) that really stirs my soul. There’s more substance and less fluff to those old songs. They’re like sermons set to music. I have a Walkman and some music tapes – all gospel except the “O Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack. I have some blue jeans, sweats, long johns, a dress shirt, and a bath robe. These may not seem like much to most folks, but for me these small items helped keep me attached to a sense of humanity. In the world of concrete and steel, simple things like denim and terrycloth remind me of happier days. Days that will soon be here again.

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