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What Life Has Been Like for Me Since Being on the Outside

Freda Swinney

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0083
What Life Has Been Like for Me Since Being on the Outside

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The author reflects on what life has been like for her since being released from prison where she stayed for eight and a half years. She has only been home ten months at the time of writing. She feels that there is so much for her to learn about life all over again. She has to learn how use modern technology and how to cope with relationships. She is amazed by the Internet and cell phones. She got romantically involved with a young man, who turned out to be leading a double life. The author did not realize how time-consuming a relationship could be, and also did not know that her loved ones, such as her son and her mother, would be jealous of her relationship with the young man. She was being pulled in many directions. Now she is taking the time she needs to get to know herself.

Keywords: prison; technology; cell phones; Internet; relationships; son; mother

Chapter.  790 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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