Love behind bars is not an easy task. Some relationships can last the sentence, others do not. Yet others begin after incarceration begins. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. This week, we asked the inmates to define what a perfect relationship is to them. Take a listen to their thoughts.
“…To me a perfect relationship is someone that leaves no doubt in your head about anything you have to do. You don’t have to worry about it. They’re going to be there….”
“…first and foremost, I think a person needs to take time to be friends. First, get to know on yours, your other half, you know, And I think a relationship is all about balance. You have to have balance community, good communication and good understand, and also boundaries…..”
“…a free world partner would have to understand and accept and understand that prison places, extra barriers and obstacles onto the relationship. And they must also understand that in prison, everything is black and white cut and dry. There is no middle ground. We’re told when to eat. When to shower…”
“…The perfect relationship is someone will be there for you no matter what makes someone smile when they fell down or just smile, just smile, know, always be true for one another. And know how far apart you are from one another, that you’re always there for each other, no matter what, in any form of way….”
“…That’s a hell of a question. The perfect relationship has to deal with building. You have to be willing to accept. You have to be willing to love. You have to be willing to understand what love is. You have to be willing to, uh, provide….”
“…And everything else. They come the bad, the, the hardship, the sickness, you know, that’s the perfect relationship when you can deal with all those things. And truly, truly one to take on all those things with the person, their education, their thought process, their political beliefs, their religious beliefs, their family members flaws.,,”
“…Um, unconditional love, always there for one another, never a backstab in any, but, uh, each other that to me is I think the perfect relationship. And also, uh, even after argument or getting into an argument, always forgiving each other….”