"Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life" said Oscar Wilde. Maybe that's what's happening here, because the Indiana Women's Prison's Wee Ones Nursery program only started in 2008, while Mama Was a Convict was a smash hit by Country Bull back in 1975 in the great Burt Reynolds movie "W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings." Which, by the way, you really ought to see (click here), even if you hate Burt Reynolds movies.
I bring up Mama Was a Convict because, I swear, the lyrics run all through this story I just saw about a convict mama, My Son Had His First Birthday Party In Prison:
Someday, when Jayden is older, Currie says she’ll tell her son all about his early life spent in prison with her. “I’m sure he’ll want to know why he wasn’t born where we’re from or why I’m always wearing khaki in most of the pictures,” she says quietly. “I’ll tell him. I’m not ashamed, because I’m proud of who I’ve become.”
It's all in the song - the drab prison dress, the furniture "in the cell where me and mama had to stay", the 'aunts' in the cell block, and the 'uncles' who control the keys. Especially the true meaning of the word "pride."
Currie, it's your life and all, but if I were you, I'd break the news to Jayden by singing along with Country Bull.