FINALLY, A FOOD VISIT DAY! :)
Well, one of the special days that Jessica has dreamt about since the day she was incarcerated, the food visit, was on May 15th!! We could hardly sleep the night before. It took 3 days of preparation, going from store to store and restaurant to restaurant to fill Jessica's "wish list'. The number one item on the list was fresh fruit! Jessica requested lots of fresh fruit and vegetables! Some of the other requested items were, humus, white pizza and cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory!
We arrived with our cooler in tow around 8:30 that morning. The lines to have the coolers inspected were long but very organized. You are permitted to bring a cooler up to 36 quarts with as much food as you can stuff into it as long as all items are in clear containers or Baggies. We chose Baggies since you can flatten them out and stack them which means twice as much than if you used Tupperware type containers. We brought pretty paper plates, "real" plastic forks and spoons ( no knives permitted) and real napkins.! The atmosphere of all of the families waiting is too hard to describe, but you can feel that love is all around. You can tell that everyone is so excited to bringing in a bit of home to their loved ones. Finally it was our turn to have our cooler inspected. We passed with flying colors, which we were told usually doesn't happen to most families on their first food visit. I had really done my research, there was not going to be any mistakes to keep us from getting our goodies in to Jessica!
As we stood by the picnic table outside waiting for her to come from her yard, we were overcome with emotion. It felt like Christmas morning waiting for the kids to wake up to see the gifts Santa had left under the tree. I knew how much this day, these gifts of love we were bringing, meant to Jessica. We did not have Thanksgiving or Christmas together last year, this day; our food visit day was our holiday. What an amazing time it was. Good food, lots of laughter and lots of love. We all went home feeling "fat and happy". We all agreed it was better than Christmas Day! We are already counting down the days until the next one!