Coming Fall 2022
Broken to Brave
A Tale of Miracles
An expansion on the "Own Your Life" podcast
I’m laying on a thin mattress on a concrete slab listening to other girls in the cell cry and freak out about their public intox charges. One of them was a student here on a visa, so she had a little more right to be obnoxiously upset. But they were going home in the morning. As I laid there, annoyed and terrified and hungry and cold, I started making plans for what would happen when I went to prison. My mind was reeling with potential people who could raise the baby I was carrying.
The successful candidate would be financially stable, be a role model, and be at a point in their lives where they could take a baby. And, of course, they’d have to be willing. Out of all of the people I knew, I couldn’t come up with one person who checked all four boxes. Just a couple months before, I’d thought I’d hit my rock bottom. I thought that Jay’s confession and subsequent incarceration with no short timeline was the worst. But lying in a jail cell trying to think about who would raise my baby was an all-time low.
I had taken Jay’s place as the Driver in the operation, and he had taken his cousin’s place as Robber. When his cousin moved to Minnesota, I suggested to Jay that I be the one to drive the car. I remember his reluctance and my hurried reassurance that “I look like Mary Poppins! Nobody will ever suspect me!” Never once did I aspire to be a modern day Bonnie & Clyde, but that’s how it went down. Well, that’s the gist, anyway.
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