Patrick “Jimmy,” 36

Meet Jimmy…

I met and got snagged by the woman of my dreams. We made the decision to get married and are awaiting a date from the prison. Two Indians will walk one path for the rest of our days. This is the most amazing and insane thing that has ever happened to me. She makes me want to be better, do better, think, speak and act better. There is no stronger motivator that transcends the ether than that love I have for her. She really is my guiding light.

I was standing there when I heard a beautiful voice say, “Hey – who are your people?”.  I looked down and saw the most beautiful, little Indian women I had ever laid my eyes on. I froze, even though I’m strong, big, bad, long haired, tattooed Indian guy by blood, hunter by nature and ready for the zombie apocalypse. I’m also a humongous nerd who has never known how to talk to girls. She asked me again. I tried to stop staring and told her I was a Kumeyaay from the San Diego tribe. As it turns out, she was from the reservations next to mine. We grew up in the same area, around the same people, went to the same powwows, were even homeless in the same LA area. Damn near everything paralleled us, yet we had never run into each other. All these years and the Creator blessed us with meeting each other now, of all times. We talked for the rest of the powwow, about everything. I brought some of my best bead work to give away, that’s how we thank people who come in to support us. I gave it all to Shandiin, this amazing woman. Over the next couple of years we continued to grow closer. We got into Star Wars. She bought a Star Wars encyclopedia to quiz me on facts and details, which I love. She got approved to visit, and everything blossomed from there. We got in one visit and a couple of powwows and then COVID hit. We got separated by more than space. No more phones or visits, nothing but mail. So we wrote and I made her beaded things. She told me no one had ever made her anything before. The moment I heard those words, my love to flood her with things began. She tells me her entire apartment is filled with them. We grew closer and decided we would be better together than apart. I met and got snagged by the woman of my dreams. We made the decision to get married and are awaiting a date from the prison. Two Indians will walk one path for the rest of our days. This is the most amazing and insane thing that has ever happened to me. She makes me want to be better, do better, think, speak and act better. There is no stronger motivator that transcends the ether than that love I have for her. She really is my guiding light.