Hi Roy -
I can commiserate…I had a couple summers in grade school/jr high where I was grounded for most the summer (simply for being me,.. wtf??) and found myself doing really mundane things in my solitude.
I’m glad this story didn’t conclude with your brother’s untimely demise or anything to do with church towers and high powered rifles!
…and I can imagine the lecture you received, having openly lamented your plight at some latter point in time, about the experience making you a stronger, better person. (that’s when I was tempted to find a high-powered rifle)