Those of us who interview kids in prison are blessed, and plagued, with their memories. Jason was one. At 15, he was incarcerated and had been in the “system” since age five, suggesting residential homes or foster care. I asked his greatest challenge:
Loneliness. But I’ve learned. I’ve learned to overcome.
Encouraged, I envisioned that he wrote letters, received visitors, or was befriended by a good soul within the prison. I asked him to explain:
My spider. I have a pet spider in my cell. He visits me every day.
That was 20 years ago. I don’t even know if there was a spider. But I still think about Jason and his spider.