Written by Phoebe . . . My “one day” is coming. One day my family member, who is on the registry, will be at the 10-year mark and can petition to be released from the registry. One day we will start on our bucket list. Now, understand that our bucket list is not one of those a lot of people have. You know, the kind where you experience these big life moments – like perhaps jumping out of plane, taking a hot air balloon ride, traveling to the jungles of the Amazon. No, our bucket list is to attend state parks and go for hikes. To go to the movies as a family. To go midnight bowling. To go to the mall and indulge in a Cinnabon (I know, right?!). To go to a Christmas parade. To go to an art museum, even though we really aren’t into art. It doesn’t matter. It’s just the fact that there are so many things we have not been able to do as a family for so many years and we want to experience them. One day.
It is a shame and a disgrace to deny people everyday rights. It is a shame and a disgrace that these are human beings who are treated less than human. It is a shame that our government willingly takes our money yet restricts us from public places. We pay taxes. We eat at restaurants and shop at stores that contribute to our communities and state. Yet, we are extremely restricted from so many places.
As a reminder to registered citizens in North Carolina – the length on the registry is 30 years but you can petition after 10 years for release. I know – 10 years is a long time not to step foot into a mall or a movie theater. The world around you changes and there are things you are restricted from experiencing. But hang in there. Find the things you can do and focus on that, not the things that you can’t. NCRSOL continues pushing for changes to the laws to seek rational ones. I encourage you to make sure you, your family, and friends are NCRSOL members to help support this organization in their fight.
My “one day” is coming. I will check off items on my bucket list and keep on keepin’ on. Your “one day” is coming, too, so hang in there, my friends.
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