Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday thoughts

I had lunch with Ed yesterday.

"So what's the big deal?" you might ask.

Well, the big deal is that Ed and I have fantasized about such a day for years. This 59 year old man, a dear friend, had been in prison for the past 8 years for a crime he did not commit. He got out a couple of weeks ago.

Yesterday, in a public restaurant, with no guards telling us what to do and where to sit, with my friend in civilian clothes, we sipped iced tea, laughed and talked. It was heaven! Ed is a free man.

In two weeks I'll drive to Jackson to pick up Ron.

And the big deal: He's been in prison for ten years for two crimes he didn't commit! He's getting out.

We're going to sit in a restaurant together with Mitch, the other guy who helped him. We're going to drink iced tea, and laugh and talk. No guards will be frowning at us. Ron will be in civilian clothes. It'll be heaven! Ron will be a free man.

Reminded me, once again, that we don't really treasure freedom until we lose it.

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Doug Tjapkes
HUMANITY FOR PRISONERS
20 W. Muskegon Avenue
Muskegon, MI 49440

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