22 January, 2013

Prison Pen Pal?

One of my favourite shops, Your One Stop PinUp Shop received this amazing letter today and posted it on Facebook. I thought it was lovely and quite intriguing.
 
 It must be a massive compliment to Bexterity, who runs the shop. I mean, it's practically the epitome of pin up perfection. It does seem easy to romanticise the whole situation and picture this poor, lonely, remorseful prisoner who has become a changed man on the inside and holds on to some form of happiness with thoughts of these beautiful pin up girls in Australia. But that could just be the storyteller in me coming out.
 
Now I'm really not sure why, but something about this man's letter makes me want to write to him. I'm not one of those crazy ladies who has a thing for men in prison or anything, but his letter is so heartfelt that it makes me want to learn more. I like that he has already been thinking about what he can do to turn his life around when he gets out. I hope that he can get himself back on track and lead a life that he can be proud of.

Everyone makes mistakes and I don't believe they define the person that you are. His writing is humble and the way he has taken the time to decorate his letter with the drawings is very sweet. Almost childlike. And it stirs something in me. The bleeding heart I suppose. But I feel a little sad that his life has lead him to be in this place. I'm not quite sure what I think a letter from me would provide him? A way to pass the time? A human connection? I don't know really.
 
The thing is, I obviously don't know who this guy is or why he's in prison. Am I even allowed to ask that? Is there an etiquette when it comes to writing to prisoners? I would hope that his offence isn't anything too serious but I also accept that he could be in there for something horrendous like rape, murder or the like. I have to admit I wouldn't be comfortable being pen pals with a convicted murderer or rapist.

I've always had this hunger to know things. To understand how things work, to know why something is the way it is, to experience all there is to experience in life. I want to see things, try different things, be open to the possibilities of life. Maybe this is just another of those 'I wonder what this would be like' kind of things. I'm not sure. But it certainly intrigues me. And it would be really interesting to report back on what I discover and what the experience is like.

What do you think? Should I write to this guy or not?

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