Today is Thursday. Today is Thanksgiving in the US. Today, there are many people sitting down to eat the traditional turkey with family and friends. But, there are as equally as many people who have no place to go, or no family to visit, or no food to eat except by way of the kindness of strangers.
Today, there will be more than several millions of people in jails and prisons across this country who will only get a decent meal if the facility decides to provide it; but, importantly, they will not be with the ones they love. I feel their pain most deeply.
Today, instead of “wishing everyone a happy thanksgiving,” I just want to thank people.
All of you who read my blog and encourage me to keep writing…you and your comments are jewels
My Canadian Christian friends for taking us in, feeding us, housing us and loving us
Curry’s Art for giving me a job and standing behind my family and all my friends there
Dennis and Shelly for securing our wonderful Canadian lawyers (Lily and Larry) and taking us in when we had to return to the US
Adrian for the brilliant National Post 5 part piece that broke the silence of our case
Bethany and Holger and David for writing Matt’s story
T0p and crew from AnonUKRadio for your continued support and for giving us the opportunity to speak
FreeAnons who have loved us and continue to support us through all of this (love you Sue)
Pamela for all the postcards of love you send to Matt and the encouragement you give me
Nancy for being Matt’s lawyer and my friend. You have given me back faith in lawyers
Ray, my dear Pirate friend who inspires me and watches out for us
Stanley, lawyer, activist and my good friend who lends me his ear, his heart and his expertise
DJ Anonytrace who inspires me to be better than I am and cares so much for my family
Julian, Wikileaks and Courage Foundation…you supported us when no one really would
CanadianGlen for allowing me to speak on your fine radio show
BlackTower Radio for Jake and his great shows
Doug for being a good journalist and friend
AnonymousVideo for your stellar art work and your constant retweeting of my son’s story
All Anons who give such wonderful support…much much love
Matt’s followers who write, send books, dm encouraging words to me and share their love
The little group of Christians in my town who love my family and can’t wait to meet Matt.
Don, Matt’s uncle, who has written him a 10 page letter every single week for over 2 years
All the incarcerated I write for putting up with my “art cards” and allowing me into your life, I truly love you and pray for all of you
Ronda for standing beside me when many of my so called friends ditched me and your unshakeable belief in my son
Jesus, for Your being there, for watching over us, for knocking our socks off when we thought there was no way out of the darkness, You made a way, You shone a light, You keep us going
This is not an exhaustive list. There are so many more and you know who you are. I wish you peace, love and courage. Today, I especially want to say “Thank you.”