Eddie Griffin became a “returned citizen” July 30, 2013 after serving 15 years in state prison.
Today, there is a very important event taking place. For most people, this event is common place, but for me it is very special. My 11-year-old grandson is playing in a football game and this will be the first time I’ll see him play.
When I first set foot outside of the prison, I smiled and considered all of the possibilities in my future; all of the longing to see my family was behind me because now the opportunity to see them everyday is at hand. I am waiting for a young lady to come and pick me up who I had seen very little over the last fifteen long years, but she is just as precious to me now as then. The young lady is my daughter.
There is so much to tell about my experience and much to discover about the lives of my loved ones. I have grandchildren to nurture now. My son Michael has a son who is 11 and a three month old daughter who I feel it will be my job to spoil. I’ll leave the disciplining to him.
As I write this story, I am still taking it all in. I am a blessed man, rich in experience and now firm in my conviction to rebuild my life. I have tutored many men while in prison and have facilitated a number of groups, but I feel as though I have learned much more then I taught. In the act of tutoring and facilitation, there is the unspoken reciprocity of experience and understanding.
For the first time in a long time, I can share this special experience with all my children. My children and I spent a day playing basketball together not long ago, and as my grandson dribbled and passed the ball to his dad, his dad to his sister and finally to me. I felt as though that little sequence I had just witnessed and taken part in, symbolized the threading together of our little family. I held the ball and called them all together for a group hug as tears rushed to my eyes.
Yes! Life is great.
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