Shared by Anon

The impact on my daily routine is severe I go to sleep at night and wake up to a reality that is surreal. The first couple of hours I move about mechanically, I do the things I normally do without thought. Without any given notice a variety of the motions rise up and then the flood of tears. My appetite is bad. I used to enjoy food, now I only eat because I feel weak or I don’t want others to worry about me. I have acid reflux and constant indigestion. All I want to do is sleep but that’s impossible because I still have to work although my coworkers has been very supportive I can’t help but feel embarrassed and humiliated.

I am learning new things also I’m learning how to put money in my sons prison account. I’m learning my sons pp# number. I’m learning how to encourage my son when he calls but all I wanna do is scream, “What were you thinking!?!” I’m going to be strong for his children who miss their dad I’m a believer that you never stop learning well I’ve learned about all I want to learn about prison life. My daily routine will never be the same. My life in my family’s life will never be the same. If it were not for my strong faith in God I probably would kill myself. So I pray, read my bible, and love my son and family. I have to believe me there’s life there’s hope. -Anon

About Eric Okdeh

Eric Okdeh is a Philadelphia based muralist, who has been creating public art since 1998. After receiving his BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, Eric chose to focus on mural work exclusively. Since 2002, in addition to his commissioned work, Eric has taught mural making classes to children and teens throughout the city as well as inmates at SCI Graterford Prison. The classes exist as leadership, teamwork, and skill building exercises which culminate in major mural projects. In an attempt to capture these significant community collaborations and interactions, Eric has developed this website and mural blog. The projects are journalized and documented in photographs and video clips to lend outside observers insight into the processes by which his murals come about. Eric has over 65 commissions throughout the city of Philadelphia and one in Seville, Spain. He has participated in mural projects in Tucson, Arizona and Los Angeles. His work is featured in four books about public and Mural art.
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