Monday, July 13, 2009

A Baby in Prison

It seems to me that a lot of regular folks have a morbid fascination with prison life. I fall into that category. Of course my fascination is nowhere near the level that would prompt me to get thrown into prison just to satisfy my curiosity. I guess that is the fuel for the interest. The knowledge that I am never going to prison means there is something out there that I will never know about.

I am willing to visit a lot of crazy places to get first hand knowledge of things. I am not willing to get tossed into the slammer to see if all those rumors are true. I will leave it up to TV to fill in the blanks.

Prison movies have always been out there. Probably my favorite movie of all time is "The Shawshank Redemption." While I am here lets get some wisdom from Andy Dufresne. He says, "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

I also like "Cool Hand Luke" and "Escaping Alcatraz." How can you go wrong with Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood. There are tons of other prison movies and TV shows like "OZ" and "Prison Break." All these successful efforts must mean people really want a glimpse of life in prison.

Before I lose everyone I should tell you what got me off on this crazy topic. This picture led me down the path to a blog post about prison.

Maybe a baby is the best reference we have outside of hardened criminals to what life in prison must be like. As you can see Braden has spent some time behind bars. Both babies and prisoners eat slop. Sure baby slop is in a jar with a cute little baby on the label, but that doesn't fool me. Liquefied chicken and beef is probably in the same culinary category as jail house grub. Both babies and prisoners have designated fenced in places to play. Prisoners have the yard. Babies have the play yard. Babies don't face the danger of being shanked, but that's only because they've been sentenced to solitary confinement.
While being a baby might be humorously compared to prison life there is one big difference. As a baby the warden loves you more than anything in the world, and you can manipulate them with some whimpers and big sad eyes. Try that at the big house and see what you get.


Baby News said...

Wow. He is such a cutie!

For a while, Ethan was raking his pacifier along the side of his crib rails. My husband said it was Ethan's version of raking a tin cup across jail bars.

PJ Mullen said...

Those are some scary similiarities. And when babies get out of prison they are entered into a work, school program.

seashore subjects said...

LOL! We do keep babies contained don't we? But the bars in this case are to keep the babies safe!

Remember "Back to the Future" when Michael J Fox sees his career criminal uncle behind the bars of a play pen and tells him to get used to it? Seems many people see the gates and playpens as pseudo prisons.

surprised mom said...

Thanks for the photo of Braden, even if he is "behind bars." LOL He even looks like he's ready to grab the bars to shake his "prison" wall. I wonder if he does see it as a prison, or just another place to play?
After reading your similarities of babyhood and prison life, I didn't know whether to laugh or wince. but you're right, a baby can certainly use the "weapons" of whimpers and sad eyes. I personally was a pushover when my girls were babies.
Like you, I sometimes wonder about prison life, but the thought of being in one scares the beejeebees out of me.

Anonymous said...

Yeah well , little do those prisoners know in the old days, "behind bars" meant life in an actual pen.

"Play pens" they called them.
Of course, I don't know that they made babies that cute back then.

Anonymous said...

Another vote here for Cool Hand Luke.

One big difference is the little ones don't have a full grasp of what they're missing in the clink.

otin said...

Brubaker was a good one, but Shawshank has got to be the best!

Captain Dumbass said...

I loved Shawshank. In general though, prison movies/tv just gives me the heebie jeebies. Enough to steer me clear of a life of crime.

Scott said...

I hope that someday my kids will be 'rehabilitated'

Until them, I'll keep the shiv handy. Cell block 2 can get a little unruly.

Mama Badger said...

I, too, love Shawshank. And my kid did the run the pacifyer along the rails like a tin cup thing, too. Funny.

You're a stay at home kid, though. Kids who go to daycare have a form of shanking. It's called biting. And the warden doesn't like it any better...