Attention: All Crafters and Inventors
My name is Todd McCray Rathburn. I am 46 years old and I love to crochet. I have been incarcerated for over 15 months for possession of meth and heroin. I will be eligible for parole on 9/30/2019. If you have a passion for creativity and innovation, then we have a lot in common. If your heart is moved toward corresponding with me, let me assure you of my ability to converse with you intellectually on a variety of different subjects.
My life is an open book. I will answer any questions you may have openly and honestly. I am currently separated, pending a divorce and have a 5 year old daughter. Upon my release I am going to be attending college to receive my degree in Chemical Dependency. I want to help others through my experiences, make better choices so they won’t have to a life sentence on the installment plan like I have.
I have been utilizing my time learning how to crochet and am a member of the Son’s of the American Legion. My childhood is filled with wonderful memories of watching my mother and grandmother sew and crochet. I didn’t understand how much love and care my grandma put into the blankets she crocheted for all of us grandkids, or the robes my mom sewed from scratch for me and my brother until I made a hat for my 5 year old daughter. Every stitch is a declaration of love passed down from grandmother to mother, to son to daughter. I find so much peace and solace while I am crocheting. My mom is so proud of me and my work. She recognizes with a mother’s intuition that my heart is finally in the right spot.
My mom should have given up on me a long time ago, and didn’t. She has taught me by her example that love is an action word. She has continued to love me even when I couldn’t love myself. Her actions define that special love only a mother can give. That’s why I’m determined to have the same impact on my daughter’s life. I am in the process of crocheting 300 hats so I can fund a trip to Disney World for us.
I can hear my mom in my daughter’s voice and can see my dad in her bright blue eyes. Sadly we lost my dad in 2003 but his legacy lives on through me and through his granddaughter. It’s my dream to have her look back and say, “Wow, my daddy loves me, look what he accomplished from a prison cell”. To have that same fondness in her heart that I have when I think about the blanket my grandma made me. Sometimes I can feel my grandmother’s presence watching over me as I learn a new stitch.
I would like to invite all who are willing to join me on this journey of self-discovery and purpose. Even if you don’t share my same love and passion for crafting, that doesn’t mean we can’t develop a meaningful friendship.
If the idea of standard mail doesn’t appeal to you, go to Jpay.com, enter my info and we can email each other. I would really like to broaden my horizons by making friends with people from other countries. I haven’t received any visits because my family lives too far away and I very rarely receive any mail.
Before I go, I would like to share a joke my little girl told me:
Q: What do you call a cow with a twitch?
A: Beef Jerky.
I hope that put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.
Until we meet,
Todd McCray Rathburn