A Week in the Life of Patty Through the Eyes of her Cellmate
The letter transcribed below was authored by Patty’s cellmate, Amy.
My name is Amy. I know Patty Prewitt and I know how she lends a helping hand to others. I know all of this because I am Patty’s roommate and I see it all on a daily basis. I want to walk you through a week in the life of Patty through my eyes. Hold on to your hats; it can get intense, my friends!
Monday morning starts early, up before daylight, getting ready to go to her job as a computer programmer. She’s the lead there and has all the extra responsibility that being 17 years at one job can bring. On her lunch hour she grabs a bite to eat and takes time to call her family whom she adores, and they adore her. After finishing her work day, she goes straight to the gym to teach an hour of aerobics. It’s the most populated class always and, I can tell you firsthand, it is super physically taxing. She’s 63-years-old and runs us youngsters hard! Personally, I’m wore out, but her night is not done. She takes the night to answer the multiple questions that are brought to the door, sits down with other inmates to give advice or help with a test they have, etc.
Now Tuesday rolls in - basically Monday through Friday is the full time job and calls to home. But Tuesday nights she has Catholic services; Wednesday, she teaches another aerobics class the answers those countless questions that never seem to stop, at least from where I’m sitting.
I want to point out that Patty has such an approachable personality, a ferocious laugh, and a genuine daily positive attitude. It’s impossible for people not to be drawn to her and just as impossible for her to turn anyone away.
Now, let’s gear up for Thursday. Thursdays are what I call her long days. She works in the morning, then goes directly to the Prison Performing Arts class where she earns college credits in the theatre class. She is a huge part of the play process and twice a year a play is put on. Then that night, as another part of the PPA, she attends the Spoken Word Poetry class. She is so helpful to all the firls in the class and is always excited with everyone’s achievements.
Then Friday aerobics class, more sweat, sweat, sweat for all! Friday nights bring 4H class where the inmates can learn to stay involved and engaged with their children and grandchildren. Once a month on Saturdays, 4H has all the kids come to the visiting room for multiple activities. It’s great fun for all involved!
Sundays are spent catching up on the unbelievable volume of mail she receives, then a meditative Yoga class she teaches in the afternoon. Then the whole process repeats itself along with the extra things that come along with being an inmate.
She’s a truly amazing woman that puts 110% into any and every project she undertakes.
I really hope you have enjoyed my play-by-play. It’s exciting to witness all she is and all she does on a daily basis.