by Larry Smith, Daniel's father:
Oct. 13, 2016
I wonder what it would be like if it were me wearing my Son’s moccasins.
What if it had been me wearing them as the Government’s storm troopers invaded my family home in the pitch black pre-dawn hours. What if my moccasins heard the sobbing and screaming of my sweet little girl as she begged: "Please don’t take my Daddy and Mommy away."
Could I walk a mile in those moccasins?
Could I keep walking in my Son’s moccasins when I was thrown behind horrid padlocked doors and steel bars without any knowledge of what was ahead of me? Would those moccasins ask "Why is this happening? How could I help the world's feverishly hurting and diseased anymore?
Then I pondered some more...
Now these moccasins have been imprisoned for more than 500 days. How can this be so? Sadly shaking my head I wondered why am I in a Federal Pen? Why don’t I get to kiss my loved ones goodnight? Why don’t they visit me? Why are my parents getting grayer and grayer. Why are my siblings nearly strangers working through the ups and downs of life.
Even worse will I ever get to hold my two daughters and grandchild again?
Or Kiss and hug my wife?
Wondering caused my feet to cry out in pain...these shoes just don’t fit. Maybe this is all a bad dream...worse...a really bad nightmare. Hopefully this awful dream will end...soon.
But then I looked at my feet. I wasn’t wearing moccasins after all. My crazy mind had just drifted away...somewhere. Day dreaming a nightmare. Then I saw a lonely, cold, worn out moccasin. What was written on the tag?
"Manufactured by the FDA for Daniel."
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My hot, sweaty and terrifying moccasin time was only a nightmare. But his moccasins were not a nightmarish dream. His moccasins are his reality.
Shoe stores sell every style, shape, size and color of shoes. Few if any sell moccasins. But no one sells anything quite like Daniel’s.
Just a tip:...
Please for your sake and sanity don’t ask to wear them anywhere...let alone trying to walk a mile in his moccasins.
It is impossible for Dad to not be so proud of my Son’s gigantic heart, deep faith, sincere soul and that he is willingly wearing his moccasins.
Behind the Scenes...
Some good things have happened...
• The Warden, Prison Counselor and Board of Prisons Supervisor gave Daniel a furlough when a loved one was in intensive Care. He received several days of freedom, fresh air, and hugging his loved ones.
• Daniel’s work allows him to be outdoors, scanning the sky and deep breathing fresh air.
• Daniel’s new Defense Attorney, seems to me to be skilled, determined and optimistic.
• Past friends are resurfacing. Their warmth and contact feel so good to Daniel.
It is time for Thankfulness & Appreciation...
Now my Son is focused on Helping Other Inmates, Writing to you folks and Accepting whatever the future holds.
I am also so thankful for Jim Humble’s continuous efforts to get Daniel freed, for his donations, sound advice, - and his undying example of healing as many sick and desperate people that can be reached world wide.
I am also thankful for Jim Humble and his team, allowing the time and connections to ensure you receive these updates
To try to express my thankfulness to each of the rest of you is beyond my ability. But you have made me a most Thankful person who is continuously overwhelmed by your touching emails, wise insights and timely generous support and donations.
Speaking of your help...each of you. May I share 2 critical needs with you?
Daniel has two "release me until my Appeal is heard" motions. One is in the hands of his trial judge and the other awaiting an appellate Judge’s approval. Daniel’s attorney is finalizing the paramount final motion to be heard by the 9th Circuit Appellate Court: His Defense Attorney’s APPEAL MOTION FOR THE APPELLATE JUSTICES TO REVERSE OR VACATE HIS CONVICTION. This Motion is scheduled to be heard in the future. Your love, sentiments, souls, prayers and other efforts are so appreciated. Remember he has spent more than 500 days for only helping others. In America no less.
YOUR FINANCIAL HELP:
The trust fund for Daniel is very low as many needs for his relentless efforts for freedom, critical family necessities and never ending court fines, printing and mailing costs have seriously hindered us from keeping up with the needs.
If you can assist us with needed love gifts at this time ~ it would be such a help!
Or send by mail to:
9208 NE Highway 99
Vancouver, WA 98665-8986
Please Note: It is not possible for Daniel to have his own bank account while in prison ~ that's why I, his father, receive it for him. To be deposited for Daniel it needs to be made out to Larry Smith.
Each email, letter, concern, donation, etc. will receive a prompt response and a receipt of course. With three motions in the hands of Jurists your support has never been so critical.
Thank you for how you've stood behind my Son...and for giving me the strength to continue in this struggle.
May You Be Sheltered Under the Canopy of Love and Grace
My Deepest Thankfulness for You,
MMS Saves Lives.