So you have ROYALLY messed up! You have done something you never imagined you would do. You have destroyed something that can't completely be made whole again, hurt people's feelings, shaken a community, and others had to come behind you and try to put the pieces back together.
Now what? Basically you have two choices.
You could blame others and rationalize your actions, as so many have tried to do with varying degrees of success, or you could tell the truth and face the consequences of your actions.
Such was the choice facing one young man in Lewiston Maine, and while what he did with two of his friends was reprehensible, he has chosen to "face the music" and deal directly with what he did.
A little over a week ago, vandals knocked over about 150 headstones at one of the historic cemeteries here in Auburn. I wrote about this a few days ago because our local hockey team, the Lewiston MAINEiacs showed up to help repair the damage.
Last week, Billie Coburn, an 18 year old native of Lewiston was arrested for the crime along with two of his friends. They are currently out on bail. On Wednesday, Billie walked to the Sun Journal (our local paper) office in Lewiston and hand delivered letter of apology.
While the letter will not repair the damage, I do encourage you to read it on the Sun Journal website. I do find it encouraging and refreshing that a young man has chosen to admit what he did, apologize, and willingly accept the consequences of his actions.
This is the beginning of the healing process for all involved.