I get it, you're nervous. You're not sure you want your brother home because that might mean screaming and raised knives and feeling unsafe. Guess what? I don't blame you; in fact, I'd be surprised if you didn't feel that. I'm the grown up and I feel the same way. Here's what I'm asking. Let's just try. I'm nervous, too. I'm still going to try my best to trust, to forgive, to give your brother another chance...because that's what families do. I'll start with the trying and maybe after a while you will feel like you can try, too. Let's take it a day at a time and see what happens...
The responses ranged from:
I'll try...but if he swears at you or hurts anyone, I'll break his nose.
I'm ready to forgive him but why can't he focus and act normal?
One day at a time...we've survived the first afternoon and evening so that's a start.