I think one of the hardest things about being a child whose a father who was in and out of prison was the judgment of other adults. Not only did people go on and on with simplistic messages about how people end up in prison, they also told us to our faces that our family problems, our troubles in school and more were all the result of “a culture of failure” and (most of) our parents being unmarried. It was hard enough being taught to build a relationship with my father over prison visits and letters, but the way we were taught to view our families and ourselves because of generational incarceration was dangerous.
(Source: sandandglass, via kyssthis16)
: a person who is able to act freely without being controlled by someone else
"You have to treat your car with love. And I don’t mean live of an object. You see, that’s just wrong. That’s materialism. You have to love your car like it’s a sentient being, like it can love you back. Now that’s some deep-down agape love. And you want to know why you should love your car like it can love you back?…. Because it shows faith. And that’s the best thing we Indians have left."
Sherman Alexie The Toughest Indian in the World