Forgot to mention earlier that it is tomorrow, Tuesday, when my fiancee and I meet with the young man and his parents regarding the break-in that occurred at my home this summer.
I have been making notes as to what to say to him, practicing it in my head many times. I have tried to treat it as if it were a Toastmasters speech. Somehow, the "real world" part of it is intimidating to me. I want this to be over. I am determined not to lose it in front of him. I want him to walk away from this understanding that he is on a path to a place he should not want to go toward. That getting caught could be the best thing that happened to him. That what he did to me had little to do with stealing my wine and loose change, and a helluva lot more to do with stealing my peace of mind.
I don't want to tip my hand on this blog as to what I will say. I have a pretty good idea, but the place to reveal that first is tomorrow night, at the meeting, and not here.
I'll reveal as much about the restorative justice process as I can, probably after I get home tomorrow night.