“coming from a friend of m’s all the people who read this **** just like gossip and **** like that… i hope you realize your son will never be able to forgive this. i would never speak to my mom if she wrote every little “secret” in my life and family problems for everyone to read. i hope you realize you ARE ruining m’s life. my parents along with many other parents are not allowing your son to “hang out” with us. your son now knows this and how do you think that makes him feel. things are not looking good, no matter how you see it.”
To My Anonymous Teenage Reader:
Number 1: Right now, I’m not worried about him “forgiving” me. But I hope that someday he understands that I’m doing this out of love.
Number 2: Secrets? He has not hidden his behavior from anyone – his behavior is on full display.
Number 3: I know M probably thinks that I am “ruining” his life, but a few years of teenage risk-taking could ruin, not only his life, but others.
Number 4: All parents have to make tough decisions. If your parents have made the decision to forbid you from hanging out with M, then that’s a decision I have to respect. And I hope that at some point, he can regain their confidence.