POPS—Pain Of the Prison System issued writing prompts to kids to encourage letter writing to their incarcerated fathers. Here’s an example from one of the kids in the club.
Even though there have been bumps on the road, I’ve always managed to get back on the highway toward success.
I live in South Central Los Angeles and experience an endless cycle of tension, waiting for something bad to happen.
Writing to the memory of the father.
Have you ever felt like drowning in emotion?
Always searching and searching for that father figure I never had.
Who is to blame for family conflict?
My father is always there, encouraging me, motivating me, showing me what it means to be a good parent.
I have grown up without the father I’ve always needed.
My mom’s fiancé falls to his knees, slowly picks me up and places me back onto my bed. My knee shakes uncontrollably.
“Illegal immigrants,” is what we children who are full of dreams are called.
I come from where violence is the answer to everything.
From birth to now, family life can be rough waters to sail.
Maybe one day she will understand why her dad is an alcoholic.
Randy Chavez’s life changed in just Three Decembers and a June
“You want to work day and night? It’s not easy. Take this chance that you have. Don’t be dumb.”