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That’s an old country song isn’t it? Ok so I had to google that just to make sure but it is an old Barbara Mandrell song. That’s what I have been doing for the past 2 years. Just me and the dog (a shih tzu) in a queen size bed. I have to admit that I put a pillow behind my back so that it feels like someone is in bed snuggled up behind me.

Tonight however I am sleeping on the couch. I have a mouse in my bedroom. The past three nights it has woken me up running along the baseboard right behind my bed. The thought of a mouse in my house really bothers me. I hate the things. Traps don’t seem to work for this little booger.  The thought of him running up in the bed with me while I’m asleep…..ugh….I can’t even think about it. This little pest has disturbed my sleep all weekend so tonight I had a different plan….sleep on the couch.

My couch is actually very comfy to sleep on. Tonight I was reading and watching some shows om Netflix and by 9:00 I could not stay awake any longer. I love to go to bed early but in a way I hate it. It never fails, if I go to bed early I am awake at midnight. Guess what happened tonight…..yep, like clockwork almost right at midnight I woke up. Maybe I’m like Cinderella and when the clock strikes 12 my life changes.

Hmmm….don’t I wish it were that easy. I wish the clock would strike midnight and things would change. Although in Cinderella’s case her life didn’t necessarily get any better at midnight….it went back to “normal”.

What is normal though? I have been on my own for so long that this life has become my new normal. How do others adjust to this life of being the wife of a prisoner?  For me it has been things like sleeping with a pillow tucked behind my back or eating a lot more take out. 

Even though this has become my new normal I will be glad when my Prince Charming returns home. I know it will be an adjustment to live together again but it will be so worth it in the end.

For now I guess I will try to go back to sleep. I need to get a decent nights sleep so I guess I will stay here on the couch so Mr. Mouse does not wake me up again in a couple of hours.

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I began my life as the wife of a prisoner on September 27th, 2010. My husband was given a 10 year sentence. Several times during the last 25 months I have searched online for forums, blogs, groups or anything where I could find support from other prison wives. I have found a couple websites. One was Prison Talk and I have used that forum to find the answers to many questions I have had during this time, and while it is a great resource it just wasn’t what I kept searching for.

I want to read the stories of other wives. What struggles do they face? How do they deal with all of the extra responsibility? How do they handle nosy  friends and family members?

I have not been able to find anything like that so I thought I would start my own blog. Maybe this blog will help someone else. Even if no one else ever reads it though, at least it will be a way for me to release some of my stress and “talk” about some of the things that I need to get off of my chest that my friends and family may not understand.

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