Dear Richie's Mom,
How lucky you are to have a son like Richie! He is mature beyond his years. While 'worldly' children of his age are worrying about the what could be considered silly things to an adult, your son is worrying about you. The loss you both will experience and why? Simply because he has the ability and intelligence to go to college? And that he may give up a man made organization?
He is a caring human being and has shown much empathy to those suffering. You may think this is due to the fine upbringing within the jw's, I would say it was in spite of being brought up in the jw's. Any organization that requires conditional love on the part of a mother, cannot be from God.
He is going to turn out to be one of the finest human beings you will ever know, I think so anyway. He has many of the same qualities of my child, very bright, caring, wisdom beyond their age, and a wonderful sense of humor! And love for his mother.
You have the choice to not experience the loss of a child, others have not had that choice. Will you listen to mere men? Or will you listen to your heart?
If you choose to shun your child, he will move on as difficult as it will be for him. As a mother myself I think you will not be able to move on very easily. I couldn't anyway. What support will you really get at the hall? A cold comfort that will not heal your heart or mind.
I wish Richie nothing but the best in his future!