KYNDIA'S STORY - THE IMPORTANCE OF FATHERHOOD
We Got Us Now| Guest Contributor: Kyndia Riley
Every day, I wake up thinking about how my father is waking up in a prison cell and how we live these completely separate lives but we feel the same emotions. Then, every year on one specific day, I begin seeing ads for watches and collared t-shirts; I see photographs of families spending dinners together with their father at the head of the table, having cook-outs, and everything all in the name of Father’s Day.
He can only see my love through black and white letters, lackluster cards, and emails and can only hear my love over a telephone, and vice versa.
Therefore, for me, Father’s Day is heartbreaking, tear-jerking, and draining. It shows me all the love between daughters/sons and their father’s that I can’t have. Said love that I have never had the opportunity to fully receive because my father has been locked behind bars for the entirety of my life. However, Father’s Day is optimism. Each one is like a penny and when my father comes home, I’ll havesaved the ones we’ve missed and it’ll all be worth something beyond my imagination.
Kyndia Riley is a fourth year/senior student at the University of Virginia. Currently she has her B.S. in Chemistry and her B.A. in Anthropology. She is using her final year to receive her Masters in Education. Since the age of 2, both of her parent’s have been incarcerated within federal prison serving life sentences; therefore, in addition to her studies, Kyndia is an advocate and mentor for children with incarcerated parents with WE GOT US NOW and is working towards an end to mass incarceration so that children will not have to endure the traumatic loss of a parent(s).