Yesterday, my sister and her husband, my parents and I went to visit Lee.
We didn’t leave as early as we had planned to and I thought we were going to get caught in “count”.
Inmate count is twice a day. The afternoon count is at 4:40.
The guards don’t process any visitors from 4:20 until count is cleared.
We got there at 4:18. I thought for sure that we’d have to wait but they processed our visit immediately.
My sister’s capris had metal buttons and she didn’t clear security. The rule is 3 chances to clear the metal detector and then you simply don’t get a visit.
She beeped all 3 times. I was holding my breath.
The guard checked her pants and told her to not wear them again, but he let her through.
What a blessing!
I told them that we’d probably have to wait in the visiting room for Lee for quite awhile.
In the past when I’ve gotten there at count, I’ve had to wait for him up to 45 minutes.
What happens is when I get processed as a visitor, the guards at the desk call the guards in Lee’s unit. They let him go to the visiting room. Usually when we’re so close to count, the guards on the unit won’t let Lee go until after count is cleared.
Yesterday the guard told him to hurry up.
We had been in the facility for less than 15 minutes when Lee came in.
The lady at the table next to us came in right behind us and her visitor didn’t arrive until almost 5:00.
We had a nice visit. We talked and prayed. We also played UNO for several rounds and ordered snacks from the kitchen.
My Mom cried when we told Lee goodbye. She hugged him and told him she loves him.
It was good for Lee that my family took time out of their vacation to visit him. It was good for me too. It blesses me when Lee is blessed.