Thursday, August 25, 2011

Inmates: Aren't they just the sweetest?

When I got to the prison on Monday night for my poetry class, my students had a little surprise for me: a birthday card they'd commissioned from the "card man."  You see, prisons are like little villages--there's someone who does everything!  One of my students is the "laundry man," which means he goes around and picks up guys' dirty clothes, hand washes them, hangs them to dry, and then returns them.  Of course the prison has a laundry system, but evidently it isn't regular enough; thus the need for the "laundry man."  Ha.  In any case, they hit up the card man for this:

"I asked him to draw a motorcycle, but he didn't know how."

"You can't critique the poem on the inside of your card!"


awwwwww.

I mean you work with what you got, right? :)

28 comments:

jen said...

I like Oswaldo's comment. Hilarious.

miss katie said...

omg. precious, and really really thoughtful.

Dee Stephens said...

That's super sweet. I would totally keep that for your scrapbook.

undomestic chica said...

That's so nice! Definitely a keeper.

E. Charlotte said...

So thoughtful! I love it!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

what a nice thing to receive and how very thoughtful! how long have you been doing the prison poetry class?

jeanette from everton terrace said...

This made me tear up, very touching. Okay, the fact he can't draw a motorcycle but he could draw Eeyore was the best part for me. That is priceless (and drawn REALLY well) :)

drollgirl said...

what a bunch of sweethearts! you bring out the best in them!

Jo said...

Wow...this is so sweet and so touching. It's so nice to see the softer side of people come out in such a thoughtful way. Especially when those people are a group of men, any group of men...so rare! ;)

melifaif said...

That is totally heart warming. Love love love!!!

Meri said...

I love it- that's a card you won't forget anytime soon!

The PvdH Journal said...

Awwww indeed! That is so so so sweet!

PvdH
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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

OK seriously got goosebumps reading this. How freakin' sweet! :)

Megan said...

Wow, how unique!! I love it.

The Girlie Blog said...

That is very sweet!

April said...

"but everyone means well"
That's so sweet.

Faiza said...

love the simplicity, honesty and genuineness of this gesture. you are so loved ms claire!

bananas. said...

CLAIRE!!! your inmates are so sweet!!!

this made my heart melt a little...and then i realized who it's from and i kinda got freaked out for a minute.

HAHA!!! i'm totally kidding. forgive me.

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

this is SO sweet!! and i think eeyore is totally harder to draw than a motorcycle!

Micaela said...

OMG CLAIRE!!!! this is so sweet it makes me wanna cry! I love what one wrote-- "the poem is cheesy etc. but everyone means well" --- ahhh!!! touches my heart!!!!!!

it's a beautiful thing what you do--inspiring and fills my heart with joy that there are people like one of my best friends doing this ON HER OWN TIME.

i love it!!! and they obviously appreciate every bit of what you give them. <3

H. Gillham said...

Good stuff, Claire.

I'm still in awe of your gift of time to them.

So precious.

Gracie said...

I think that is really really sweet :) You do amazing work and I think it's so lovely that they did that for you!!

Belly B said...

It's so sweet that you're doing this. You're such an inspiration, girl!

Belly B :)

Krystal said...

that is seriously the sweetest thing!! that would have made my life i think!!

Meghan said...

Oh my gosh. My heart is melting! What a thoughtful card:)

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

that is so frikin cute. Hope you had a great Bday.

Marz said...

OMG Claire :) That is soooooooo moving! Look at them writing poetry for YOU because you taught them the beauty and power of words :) Sweet gestures like this shows you just how much you mean to so many people and how many lives you touch :) SOOO sweet!!!

Mrs.B said...

A gift like this is more precious than anything that could be bought!