I got an interesting piece of mail today. It was from the Community Justice Society. The boy who who broke into my house last year finally got around to writing that letter of apology over the holidays. It was mailed to me yesterday, and I got it today.
I am not sure what to say here. I will not reveal who it was, only that I know him and was extremely disappointed by what he did. He seems apologetic to say the least, knowing that he has destroyed my trust in him (natch!), and that I therefore would not let him do any chores around my house like mow my lawn or shovel my driveway (I have to admit, that was more out of spite than anything else!).
He does admit that actions speak louder than words, and that he has a long way to go to earn my trust back. I am hopeful that if he performs the community service that his case worker is arranging for him, that it will improve his attitude.
Just watching the local news as I type here. Some high school kids are talking about how they enjoy things like debate and other extra cirricular activities. They didn't say anything about breaking and entering homes. They have managed to make it to the age of this boy without running afoul of the law, as I did, as most of the thousands of readers of this blog have doubtless done. I guess life is all about making choices. As an ex-girlfriend of mine once told me, in a different context: It's all about what you do with it.
Of course, she was talking about... never mind!