The first thing I said to the program director at the meeting yesterday was, “We aren’t the kind of parents who would ever say “oh our kid would NEVER do something like that”, because we know that they can and they have”. She smiled. She said that she could tell that she was going to get along with us reeeeeeeeeeeeally well. We smiled.
No kid is perfect. No parent is perfect. We all make mistakes.
The meeting calmed me and broke my heart and gave me hope. We have failed in so many ways, but we haven’t given up.
Derek and I are seriously afraid that if Bryce stays in town then he will continue to hang out with the kids who are bad influences on him and the kids that he is a bad influence on. We feel that his only chance right now is to get out. So we asked about boot camp.
There is one … but the kicker is that he has to agree to go to it. They can’t force him to go.
I mentioned it to him this morning, without going into too much detail. He seemed interested, but then he asked me how he would get spending money and my heart dropped … again. If he doesn’t get his shit straight in a hurry then he is headed for a prison cell and the only thing that he seems worried about is having money to go Taco Bell.
I didn’t say anything else to him about it. I will let the program director, the Juvenile Officer, the District Attorney and the other members of the panel (which includes a county jail employee, the school principal, the school superintendent, two cops, and two other members of the community) try to talk some sense into him. I wish them the best of luck on that!
The program director said that she has six kids going before the panel tonight, including our two sons, so we should expect to be there at least three hours. Doesn’t that sound like a fun way to spend a Friday night?