Finally there’s something out there showing society we are human!
Incarcerated: 13 years
Housed: Kern Valley State Prison
In 2008 I met the most wonderful woman in the world. Our journey isn’t like most, we decided to be friends for the first three years, afterwards we made it official.
Being in prison since I was eighteen, I’m still learning and trying to find who I am, while maintaining a relationship, has been a bumpy road! Yet I am proud to say, I am married to an amazing, caring, loving, funny, patient, understanding and resilient woman. She has been the light in my life that was absent for so many years. She’s my sunshine in this gloomy, dark place. She helps liberate me from the prison chaos! She challenges me to be at my best – mentally, physically, and spiritually. She brings out the best version of myself.
My dear wife is my strength when I want to give up, and my future is no longer bleak. She gives me a reason to push myself harder than before. She has helped me to understand and feel true love. Knowing she loves me brings me comfort.
The photos I am sharing were taken the day after our wedding and it’s the happiest I’ve ever seen her. It brings me to tears knowing I no longer hurt people but give them joy and happiness and love.
I love you Maria. And I am proud to say I’m your husband. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to love you, to show you all my great qualities, and to share your life with me. Till death do us part, I am always and forever your husband.
📸: Francisco’s own