reentry, a house of cards, Pt. 3

Every few weeks, I am compelled to update you on Zoe (real name withheld).

by ckretred

by ckretred

She’s the formerly imprisoned woman that Sarah and I wrote with for three years at Chittenden Correctional Facility in Vermont before her release last May.

I’ve chronicled the immense challenges she’s faced this summer re-entering her life. (Sarah and I meet with her weekly.)

In reentry, a house of cardsyou heard about her struggles to find work; and her enrolling in two classes at Community College of Vermont.

Money was tight, forcing decisions such as do I get food at the supermarket, or use this 50 bucks to give others gas money to transport me around?

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blessings on your way

One of our veteran writers is leaving prison.  NL has served her time and new life awaits.           

She has written faithfully with writinginsideVT since the program began 2-1/2 years ago.  We have witnessed great changes, including her expanding self-awareness and compassion for others.  Sarah and I take a wee bit of credit for introducing NL to the power of writing.  But, it has been her regular discipline of going within to write and reclaim her life that has made the difference.  She would agree.

Through laughter and tears this week, the circle of women-writers offered NL blessings on her way…

I wish for you…bravery, with the acceptance of fear; leven when no one is near; love and family togetherness; everything you deserve, including tenderness.

I want you to take every bit of anger you had while you were in this situation and accept it, putting it to good use for the betterment of your self being.  Accept!  Move forward!

I want to send you off with this mirror (a circle drawn) that shows a beautiful, courageous, wise woman..a compassionate listener..a sturdy anchor.  See yourself as you are–whole, holy, perfect.

Always stop and smell the roses…even the fake ones!

We are hopeful that NL will rejoin our writing circle, now ‘outside’ prison walls.  Blessings on your way, dear one.