Nahum: A letter to my friends
I’ve asked all of you to write a letter to Judge McDonnell on my behalf. The state of Ohio is in the process of making changes to the way they run their prison system and how much time should be served by those convicted. I feel it is an opportune time for the legal system to re-evaluate how much time I was given. The goal of course, is for my release and return to those that are my life force, my family.
My wife has valiantly kept our family and businesses running as a successful as they can without me. However, none of them can really function at their best without their husband, father and engine. I value the gift and responsibility of being a provider ,nurturer and comforter for them. Unfortunately, prison has not and can not teach me to be any greater than I am. It can only succeed in harming what I cherish most.
Avigael, my oldest daughter, needs my guidance as she enters adulthood. She has always acted as if she were Ms. Independent. Oh, but I know her better than that. She relies on her parents and because of that, she has been able to comfortably grow into an amazing young woman.
Zerahkyah, my 13 year old son, has taken on the stress of being the man of the house. He has always been the responsible one. I’m so proud of the love he has for his mother and siblings. But he is not a man and needs his father to finish teaching him how to be a great one.
My 11 year old son Tesher is the sensitive protector of our family. His heart resides with the well being of others. Instead of heartache, he needs to be filled with the joy of the secure, loving and complete family he was raised in.
The two youngest ones are in their precious years of development. A father’s presence is essential in their balanced future.. Yaphet, my six year old son, is my little twin, my best friend. He is highly intelligent but showing signs of withdrawal. I’m as essential to his soul as he is to mine. Elianna, my baby girl, is three. She remembers my presence, its part of her DNA. However, she has now spent more time without me than with me. Yet, she asks me to hold her hand and come to her house every time we talk. Girls need a strong male influence and role model in their lives. She is my heart. Her smile, hugs and love inspire me.
My wife, however strong, courageous, amazing she demonstrates herself to be, is hurting the most. She drives herself to stay busy so she wont have to think about or be alone. Our connection is spiritually interlocked. We aren’t even one half of our selves separated from each other. However strong and dynamic our family is; it is nothing compared to how great it is as a whole. There is so much for us to do and give. This can only be accomplished by our unity. The children feel her pain and experience her withdrawal symptoms.
I want my family to be healthy. They deserve what I provide, my everything. This is now what I strive for. Yes, I personally want to be free. More importantly, I want to provide for my family. The love I have for my family is what fuels me. This is what allows me to be a great friend to you and the essence of what I have created in our company.
I started this letter as a small note asking for your help-in writing or videotaping a message to the judge. I had another direction planned. It wasn’t my intention to sound overly dramatic or like a Sally Struthers commercial. I enjoy our friendship, our business contact, our correspondence. I enjoy watching games with you, hanging with you, rubbing elbows with you, consulting with you, making money with you, cooking for you(which I am sure a whole lot of you enjoy most), riding life’s waves with you.
No matter how close we are, how new or old our friendship is; you all comprise my family. And my family needs your help in bringing me home. I may be able to do it without you. I would give my exceedingly best effort. However, with you, I know I will be home for dinner. Write or talk from your heart. The truth speaks for itself.
P.S. In an effort to consolidate correspondence and make a submission as one to the judge for review. Please send letters or video submissions to:
A. Israel, PO Box 5563, Chicago, IL 60680 OR e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org