More

She knows her brother's number by heart. But she doesn't tell them. Ever.

When her college class talks about prison, it's always a few steps removed.

She knows her brother's number by heart. But she doesn't tell them. Ever.
True
Open Society Foundations

That's because when many of us think about prison, we think about what we see on TV.


Or in movies.

It's understandable. For many of us, prison is abstract. It's not real. But for her...

Like so many others, prison is just another part of daily life. It's always there. And when other people talk about prison, they're not talking about a fantasy. They're talking about her brother.

Loving her brother — a five-time felon — isn't always easy. Life can be strange.

And violent.

And sometimes so completely devastating.

So having to explain what it's like to have a loved one in prison to someone who hasn't experienced it just feels wrong. But she sums it up in five haunting words. When you love someone in prison, "Everyone is on the inside."

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

Keep Reading Show less