Thanksgiving

I saw this online from ICAN (Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network) today and it struck me…

“Tonight, take a moment to remember all of the innocent men and women who are in prison for crimes they did not commit. For them, there is no table filled with an abundance of food, no house filled with family and friends, no football games, and no freedom.”

Inmates fill plastic trays with food for about 250 in jail at an assembly line in the Cass County Jail in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

The reality is that Thanksgiving for inmates, and all the other holidays, is just another day in prison kept away from their families… unless they are lucky enough to get a short visit. I live too far to visit just for one day and my job doesn’t give me time off for this holiday so I didn’t get to go this year. But there are so many others out there with broken families just like us, struggling to get through another ‘family holiday’ without their loved ones by their side, crying on a day when it seems like everyone else is having a good time. It is hard for us to enter the holiday season when we know what our loved one is going through.  It is with a heavy heart that I watch other families spend time together and I pray that this is the last holiday season we ever have to be apart.

prisonI am thankful for Sean’s role in my life and the growth that has come about in both of us thanks to this journey we are on together. I am thankful for our newly rescued dog, Samson, and the ability to provide him a safe and loving forever family. I am thankful for my stable job which gives me the ability to afford the things we need most such as phone calls and visits. I am thankful for the support of friends and loved ones who have been there for me, Sean, Samson or all of us. I am thankful for our continued health and safety, the home we live in, and and the good news of the upcoming evidentiary hearing and magistrate’s attitude change. Despite being so far away from each other we have so much to be thankful for, God is good and we are always grateful for the blessings we receive. -Emelia

About Sean & Emelia

In 2003 Sean O'Brien was wrongfully convicted in El Dorado County, CA and sentenced to Life Without Parole at the age of 16. We have been friends since grade school and are now married. Sean and I move forward together with the knowledge of his innocence, our faith in God, and hope that he will rightfully regain his freedom. Until then we embrace our journey wherever it may take us, cherishing each moment we have together and staying true to ourselves. This blog is about the past we share, our fight for freedom, life as it exists for us, and our path toward the future, whatever that may hold. Thank you for allowing us to be heard. God bless.
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