Advice from Loved Ones

By: Charles Jackson Bey

Three people no longer alive I would love to have a conversation with are my aunt, uncle, and my grandfather. The reason why is that I didn’t have the opportunity to sit down and express my love and gratitude for them.

Each one of these individuals played a significant role in my youthful years in trying to steer me in the right direction either through their actions, words, or deeds. And now that I have become older and have had time to reflect upon my past mistakes I realize the love they truly had for a person such as myself.

I just would love the opportunity to tell them how I understand everything they ever said or did was only out of love to keep me from coming down the path I’m currently on. But in the same breath I know everything happens according to divine order for the purpose of saving a life or lives.

Too often we don’t take the opportunity to pay attention to advice of loved ones until they are dead and gone. That comes from our own ignorance of wanting to be right in our wrong behavior, not realizing they either been down the road we’re on or know someone who has.

Trying to teach us from their errors, as I have learned that we have to learn from others mistakes because we won’t live long enough to make them all ourselves.

I know if I could just say one last thing to them all it would be: the lessons you all taught me was not for nothing! And I’m glad you all never gave up on me and thank you for everything! Always will love you all in this world and the next.

Feel free to contact me through or write to:
Thumbs Correctional Facility
3225 John Conley Dr.
Lapeer, MI 48446

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