Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Wishes & Satellite Dishes

My jailed deaf dad wrote with his Christmas wish list. He's jealous of the other inmates with New Balance sneakers & wants a pair for himself. I don't want to disappoint him, but I think Santa knows that he's been naughty.

Ahhh, who am I kidding, I'll get him the shoes. They're out of stock in his size right now but I sent the extra $40 for his inmate trust fund to cover the cost.

The other inmates apparently know how resourceful I am for Dad, conducting research & ordering things for him, so they asked him to enlist my help in getting their satellite television restored. This is the second of two pages outlining their frustration and the technical glitches. I ignored the indignation they showed at not being able to watch cable TV, a luxury to some folks. Inmates have absolutely nothing so the weirdest, most minor things can cause a riot. Cable? Huge. HUGE! It's safer for everyone if they have a working television. I shared this page because, well, you'll see. Classic Dad.

Oh yeah, and he also wrote to give me a heads up that he made a mistake & gave a sex offender inmate my address. Just what I need, another pen pal.


Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Came across you at AllDeaf, just finished reading this entire blog, yes all of it, in one insane sitting.
Your writing is clear and goes down easy; your story is compelling.

My dad is also a charismatic sociopath. He never ended up in jail, at least not since he left high school, probably because somehow he managed to avoid drugs and alcohol. Still, many elements are the same, including people who know who he really was wondering why I have anything to do with him. I wondered, too and find myself at a loss to explain that when your dad is a sociopath, that just makes the emotional entanglements of father/daughter relationships even more, er, sticky.

Writing is good therapy, and I love the way you use humor to medicate the sting. I think your book will give many people tools to deal with thier own dysfunctional families.

Kambri Crews said...

WOWOW! In one sitting?! I love it! I've deleted a few posts (for the book) and changed servers over the years so I hope the links all worked.

But I definitely learned a lot from the writing process, especially for the book. It's much more intense, but there is still some hope & light-hearted stories in it. I hope you'll read it and let me know what you think as it relates to your dad. That he was able to avoid drugs & alcohol is a miracle, I think! My dad wasn't, unfortunately, and alcohol will remain a big issue for him if/when he gets out.

Anyway, thank you for reading & commenting!