- Posted February 27, 2013 by
Palm Bay, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
A Day in the Pursuit of Freedom
Meet Jody,She is a average person, she is married, has one child and is blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom. Her life from a outsider looking in seems normal. Her day is filled with housework and when her daughter comes home she hits the books with her. She has been married for more than a decade now to a great guy. He is hard working, loves life and loves his family. She on that aspect of her life thinks that she is the luckiest woman on the earth.
But there is more to her, she was also cursed some would say, the day she met her husband. He is the Brother of a tortured Guantanamo Detainee, officials refer to him as "Abu Zubaydah". Her husbands story has already been told and of course silenced. This is her story.
On a typical day she wakes up at 5am to get her husband out the door ready for a full day of work. Her work begins right after he leaves. Spending 2 hours writing officials in the White house and congress. She has to, last April her life was threatened by FBI agents who were furious that they had spoken out about the decades of borderline criminal acts that they have faced, because of their last name. After her 2 hours of letter writing is over, she then gets her daughter up and ready for school. Breakfast is served at 7:15 and they are out the door. When she arrives back home, she sets up her daily list, which includes contacting lawyers, human rights groups and sometimes the the lawyers of her Brother in Law to find out if anything could be done or needs to be done. Once that list is in hand, she does what needs to be done. Which on a daily basis takes her about 2 hours sometimes more if she has to deal with the International Red Cross or other agencies that like the hold button more than talking.
When the morning has passed she starts taking care of her house work, laundry, dishes and prepping for snack and dinner. Around 1PM she takes to social media while updating a website she made for her husband and daughter. At 2:15 a hour of successful tweets and Facebook comments and stories to help spread knowledge about what has happened to her she is off to go pick her daughter up from school. On the way home stopping by McDonalds for the daily ice cream and play before heading back to her job. Once she arrives at home, she spends 30 minutes reading with her daughter and practicing math. She then starts dinner because her husband will be home in 2 hours. During the 2 hours prior to her husband coming home she spends it on the phone, calling the White House, calling the ACLU and calling a reporter she met a few years back. When her husband finally arrives home her day is done. She fills him in on what she has done and what she plans for tomorrow. This schedule has been her daily Monday-Friday schedule for the last 6 years. No changes because it seems that nobody at the moment cares. She has only lost her temper 1 time and that was when President Barack Obama came to her area and was campaigning and she was denied entrance even though she had a ticket. And in that speech he said that no matter what race, sex, religion or what your name is I will never discriminate against you, well unless your last name is Abu Zubaydah.