difficult child gave me four draft letters he has written to the judge. They all say about the same. "Even though the house looked abandoned, I shouldn't have gone in there. Even though a book of matches aren't worth much, they weren't mine to take. Even though I was just messing around with the matches and stomped on them and thought the fire was out, it wasn't out and I realize now that someone could have gotten hurt. I SWEAR I have learned my lesson and will never do it again. I want to go back to my school this fall. Please consider just giving me another 30 days and letting it all be over or give me house arrest and another year on probation. Thank you for considering this." I feel his pain- he's about the youngest- if not the only one under 14- in there and he's sitting there shaking and biting his nails to the quick and doesn't have a clue what to expect. I feel it , too. But, really, I'm afraid the judge will jump on this like flies on-(you know what), if he presents that letter in court, don't you think? I don't have the heart to tell him that. Suggestions?