Sunday, May 28, 2017

My purpose

When I introduce myself to a stranger I always state my name, but what follows depends on my audience. "Hi! I'm Wanda, I am... a daughter, a sister, a 'single' mother of five, an aunt, a college graduate, a teacher, bilingual, from Puerto Rico, Catholic, my son's pancreas, soon to be a mother in law, A PRISON WIFE!"

For many years only a small number of people were aware of that last title. I wanted to appear to be as normal as possible. In my mind, having a husband in prison was the farthest from normal. I worried that people would not take me seriously or would think that I was a bad person. Four years into my journey I received a bachelors degree and became a teacher. That's when I really became secretive about my relationship. Fast forward almost twenty four years... here I am, ready to publish my experiences and expose myself to the world (or at least to those interested in reading about my misadventures). I have recently come to a realization; what good can come out of this nightmare of a life if I keep it to myself?

My story is not an extraordinary one, but it is mine. I hope to share the wisdom I have gained as I navigate life as a Prison Wife. If I can shed some light or give hope to one person, then I can say that it's all been worth it.

"Why so much time?" you must be wondering... My husband did not kill anyone. He is a first time offender who received 37 and a half years to life in prison in New York State. His is a Rockefeller Case which carries mandatory minimums that rip families apart for excessive amounts of time.

7 comments:

  1. My dear Wanda, when I was a kid I learn the following: "something are too big to hold inside and the only way to feel better is talk about it". I don't know if this is your case or situation, but the recommendation apply to your live. It's a great idea to create a blog to talk about it! Now (from my side) I can understand a little bit more your reality and your personal situation. Thanks for share it.. My principal recommendation: "Never let go of God's hand, tighten it with prayer". JRivera.

    José R. Rivera Labrador, your cousin!

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  2. Looking forward to seeing you share your story( and his!) with the world. Brava!

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  3. Wow, that is great you are sharing your story, I am proud of you and all the things you have accomplished. Can not wait to hear more, thNkz for sharing

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  4. Thank you for being bold enough to share your story and journey!

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  5. Wow! Brava indeed! So glad you did because this way people can reach out and maybe find ways to help. What is happening now? No appeals? Hopes of him getting out?

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    1. There's always hope. We are working with a lawyer and pray he will be coming home sooner than later.

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  6. Wow! So proud of you and the courage you possess. This is what makes you someone I have always admired. I look forward to learning more about your journey. Thanks for sharing.

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