I can’t imagine what it must be like to be incarcerated.
What it must be like as a father, son or daughter.
These men who find themselves in prison miss out on so many things.
The first day of school, the ‘terrible twos,’ the first loose tooth.
But it isn’t just the fathers who miss out on these moments.
It’s the kids, too.
This recently inspired inmates at the Federal Detention Center Miami to host a Daddy-Daughter dance.
This news story paints a vivid description of how the dance came about and its success.
This isn’t the first time a Daddy-Daughter dance has been hosted in a prison:
I understand that these men need to ‘serve their time,’ but at some point it feels like we only compound our societies problems by cutting families off from their fathers. And as I read about this Daughter-Dadddy dance in Miami, I couldn’t help but wonder about our entire legal system in general.
These men did break the law, but why were they selling drugs? Was it because they couldn’t get a job? Didn’t they have skills?
Our societal systems are broken and nobody seems to notice until they find themselves trapped as many of these men probably were.
Daddy-Daughter dances are great and I think we need more of these—along with programs that help fathers connect with their sons—but these are just temporary things we can do to tide us over until we solve the deeper issues at hand.