Every day I have conversations with inmates. Some are more pleasant than others.
How are you today C.O.?
What do you have for lunch today?
Did you see the Super Bowl?
Read any good books?
Did you see any good movies?
You catch that episode of (Insert TV Show Here)?
Some of them try and be nosy…
Inmate- Are you married?
Me- Are you?
Inmate- Do you have kids?
Me- Do you?
Inmate- Do you live around here?
Me- Close enough to drive here every day, but far enough away not to have to see it.
Inmate- What kind of car do you drive?
Me- The kind that goes forward. Goes reverse too.
One inmate always wants to tell me about his Islamic religion… Al-Salamu Alaykum.
There is another inmate who asks me every time I see him if I have muffins today. I often have muffins in my lunch. Little Debbie muffins are yummy.
Another inmate asks me every day if I am straight… not like if I am gay or straight, but like if I am good I guess… Whatever.
Sometimes inmates tell me about themselves. They tell me about the crimes they committed. They tell me about their families, places they have been, jobs they have held, and things they would like to do when they get out.
In reality not every inmate is unpleasant. They are real people after all.