The unit is still on near-lockdown, so I did cell-by-cell visits again. Even for introverts the extended lockdown can become tiresome. For extroverts these extended lockdowns can be very tough.
One of the men who had been having a hard time last week was doing much better.
I asked another guy how he was doing and he indicated that this week had been a whirlwind. Today was his first day in max and his mind was still reeling.
As I mentioned before, the main ways to fill the time are: sleeping, reading, writing letters and journaling, and exercise. There are a few variations. I listened to one guy describe the business plan he was developing. Another man has an excellent singing voice and has been doing some song writing.
Many of the guys are reading spiritual books which they find encouraging. They will share some of the highlights with me. Others will read whatever books they can get their hands on just to fill the time.
During the idle time the men think about their families – a lot. They realize how quickly time is going by and they are not there to see their toddlers change. Many of the men have children that are in the early elementary school grades. They are keenly aware they can’t be home for their kids’ summer break. Some have family members battling cancer. Many of the prayer requests are for their families.
Many of the guys are praying for peace on the unit. Some are praying specifically for racial reconciliation. Since some gang affiliations are divided along racial lines, this may also be a prayer for peace between rival gangs.