Monday, May 23, 2005

Across 110th Street

Saturday I left town with my mom and her sister, my aunt Starr. We left to go visit my brother Chan. Those of you who have read my book may recall a few mentions of him. He has been in prison for the past five years, since he was 22. Various drug-related charges landed him there. Now, nearing the end of his sentence, things for him are getting hard. It's possible he might get out anytime between now and August and if not then, by next March at the latest.

For the five years he's served, he's kept his head down, worked in the library, and grown up. But now, yes, the waiting is the hardest part.

With his release so close, it's an exquisite torture. He looks forward to it, yet is scared. He's a worrier and has a lot of time on his hands.

The visit was good, though. As good as such a thing can be.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I imagine the thought of entering the work-force and the "free" world again is completely overwhelming, especially for someone who was incarcerated at such a young age. I wish your brother many blessings and your family strength and vision in helping to guide him and reintegrate him into your lives and others'.