After contemplating whether or not to attend the Memorial this year I finally went. This time last year I had been reinstated and within weeks the Elders summoned me to the KH to interrogate me about my past and place of residence. I was angry with them and lost my temper and stood up to them. I never entered that place again and because I refused to attend their Judicial Committee meeting they disfellowshipped me.
When I attended the Memorial, I went to the KH my parents took me to as a child when we were on vacation. It was a two hour drive but I would rather do that than return to the local one. The elders there remember my family and I received a warm welcome from them and they offered their condolences about my Dad who has been dead nearly 2 years now. One of the brothers there I knew through childhood and teenage years and he talks to me as he doesn't agree with the shunning. None of them looked at me like I was something on the bottom of their shoe which made a welcome change.
I do acknowledge that all JWs are taught the same rules but not all of them go about it in a harsh way.
I am sure the local ones will get to hear about it and realize that I would rather drive 2 hours than be in their presence again. :-) xxx