Good Parents No Matter what

What an amazing show! It was emotional and intense; we were all in tears with Tasha’s story. She is a greatgrilgraffiti example of courage and will, dealing with her everyday life as well as she can, normalizing her children’s life to the best of her ability; drawing courage from her pain, and valor from her tears. She told us the children’s story, how they are affected by the events, and how it is harder for them as they are totally aware that this is an injustice; at least Kayla. Braylon just knows that he misses his dad, that it is not right that he doesn’t get to go home with them at night, courageous little man, in his innocence he was willing to smuggle his father out of prison under the blanket that he brought specially for that.

The pain has to be wearing, daunting, but the love prevails. This woman was able to convey her hope and her caring, the deep rooted believe that God will allow and help them get together again; because she feels that it is right, because she feels that they are right; they are good people, working for the future of their children, under the benevolent sight of God and with the support of their church.

Tasha told us about Kayla’s health, issues that appear due to the stress of her father’s imprisonment, and her support group. How the teachers and some of her classmates are helping make this more bearable, how the institution is being supporting as well. Within their sorrow they are blessed. The community is behind them, giving them courage; that tells me right there they are speaking the truth. They are not having anyone around them making them feel that this is due punishment, that their Demetrius should be in prison. The whole community is appalled and praying for his release, supporting the family, offering relief.

Life is going on for Tasha, and although she misses her husband she keeps going on. The children miss their father also; she does her best to fill the emptiness that he has left behind. She normalizes their children’s life by taking them places, by minimizing the difference on their life style. But it is hard; he is not there, he can’t go home at night. The whole family is dependent on Demetrius, they love him, they cherish and respect him, and Tasha has found ways to make him a part of the children’s life. Even though he is not at home physically, he is there in spirit and care, he is participant of this Kayla and Braylon’s life, making decisions on their future, counseling them and keeping the team that he started with Tasha the day they got married.

They all go see Demetrius, but life is not the same; there is little spontaneity when your time with your dad is supervised, when you only get to see him once a week. But they make the best out of it, and grandpa takes the kids of Friday, so they can have special time with their dad. They are a team, they support each other, and they are all an example of what we should all do when disgrace strike, how we should treat one another when life is not looking up, but looking down at our sad shadow.

Life has changed a lot for this family, they are all feeling the loss and the pain, but they have hope and they have faith. They are teaching us a lesson in courage, and I truly believe that they will get their life back, that they will be reunited and happy. They work real hard to make it happen, they have a just cause; it is only right, it is only fair.

Once again I would like to share the video done by the children, I believe that their words illustrate better than anything else what is going on here. How much people are hurting due to an injustice, how these children are facing unbearable pain due to a mistake.  Through their words we see that they are well guided and taught that love prevails, we see the effort that they all make to forget and forgive, to believe that this nightmare will end one day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch/?v=M9AVrCSQK3I

I am hoping that you will take a few minutes and watch it, it is a true testimony of courage and hope, showing young souls at their best, beautiful children brought to sorrow by a system that should be teaching them justice.

Next week we will welcome Tesia Barnes, talking to us in depth about what is happening to their families, how their lives have been affected and how they live the change

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Strong And Trusting

Tuesday night show was a great show. We had Ethel back, but this time she brought her very good friend pinkcameliaEsther Banks. Esther is the wife of one of the IRP6 inmates, and she is a remarkable lady. We had the chance to ask her many questions, as she was very concise on her answers. She didn’t splurge with words, but she transmitted such self-assurance, such personal peace. She talked about her husband and her situation, what she is doing with her life and her family while they are waiting for her husband’s name to be cleared. Although you could hear the pain in her voice, the firmness in her voice spoke of fortitude faith and assurance. She talked with faith and hope for the future, there was not a doubt in her mind that he will get released before term, that soon they will be reunited and they will be able to get on with their lives. She talked about being alone, and having to deal with her family life, plus supporting the distressful situation they are facing. She didn’t talk about being alone though. All her decisions, all her everyday life situations are talked over with her husband, as they are keeping the family together, not matter what.  He has been wrongfully condemned, and he is in prison, waiting for his name to be cleared out, but in the mean time she is not just waiting, she is working on their future, being a role model to her daughter and a good loving wife and friend.

She has time to work in the IRP6 case, meet with the rest of the wives, visit and support her husband, support and run her household, while going full time to school. She trusts in herself and her husband, but most of all in God. I think that the key to her positive attitude resides in the knowledge that everything will be ok, that while she is busy working on her future, her friends, and God Himself are doing the work so everything clears out. She is a trusting, hardworking woman; she is somebody to look up to. We asked her how she dealt with her everyday life and with her husband’s absence, and her answer was concise. She keeps busy, positive and trusting her believes. She is strong and steady, loyal and very proud of her family. She is the wife that every man in trouble owe to have.

Next week we will have one more testimony from this case. Tasha Harper, Demetrius Harper’s wife will join us to tell us about her tribulations regarding her children, as they grow up without a father at home, being the only parent to give them direct support.