Saturday, November 21, 2009

Release Date Nov. 25

I called El Dorado State yesterday to find out what the procedures are for picking up someone that was was being released on Friday the 27th. I was told that Friday was a state holiday and he would be released on Nov. 25. The instructions were to come to the main entrance. Go to the first guard tower and tell them why you are there and they would tell you where to park and where to go. Be here by 8:45, the process starts at 9 and it may take up to a couple hours. 

This is knowledge I never expected in my life to possess. Some things I would have been happy going to my grave never knowing. 

Our Thanksgiving plans were to go to my Aunt and Uncles, traditional they have Thanksgiving. I am going to call them today and make sure it is OK to bring Alex. I know there will be no problem but I want to be respectful.

Mom left town today with her sister and brother-in-law for Branson, MO. The girls went with them and took Brooke. They are not coming back until Wednesday. So it's me alone going to El Dorado. I am anxious to see Alex and I have such hope that he has seen the light. Only time will tell.

Work is going very well so well in fact that I had to cancel all vacations until after the second weekend of Dec. I have never worked someplace where I felt so close to everyone. To be able to count on everyone regardless of our responsibilities it makes work someplace you want to go when you wake up each morning.  I hope they understand I really need Wednesday, day before a holiday off. Without me picking him up they would provide him a one way bus ticket to downtown KC and from there he is on his own. I really don't want that impression for him when he is released. My way of thinking if someone isn't there for him when he is released how will he be able to count on his family when times are hard.

12 comments:

Madison said...

Some things you'd be happy going to your grave never knowing. Amen to that. What a memorable Thanksgiving this will be.

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LisaC said...

I am praying for Alex and your family. That this release truly represents the first day of the rest of his life for him, both as a young man making his way in the world and as a member of your amazing family. It is time. And I so appreciate and understand you wanting to demonstrate that you will be there for him. This will be a memorable Thanksgiving for sure.

Fractalmom said...

Praying and hoping for the best foryour son and your family.

Sherry said...

I just left you a blog award. I wish you, mom and your son a happy holiday! I pray this is the turning point in your son's life!

Kim A. said...

I will be holding your family and your son in my thoughts. I know what you mean by having knowledge that you could have lived without.

Namaste

big Jenn said...

You're such a good dad. Don't let any expectations ruin what could be and awesome day for you both.:)jeNN

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I think this will truly be a THANKS GIVING for Alex. He will be thankful that you are there for him and that he's included in the family tradition....and he got out a few days early!

I'm hoping the very best for all you. I feel like I know your son, I am cheering him on from the sidelines. Sooner or later they have to "get it" right???

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Mom of Opiate Addict said...

I agree with Jenn, no expectations and stay in the present moment. I will be thinking of you, Mom and Alex, wishing you a beautiful joy filled Thanksgiving and many days of joy to come.

Tall Kay said...

Happy Thanksgiving to your family. So much to be grateful for. Keeping Alex in my prayers.

Syd said...

I'm glad that you'll be there to give him a ride. Happy Thanksgiving to your family.