"HAVE to?" you say, "No you don't, you mind-controlled idiot. Tell 'em to fark off." Actually, that's what I'd always planned to do, but we have a problem. Gina's sister's (a "good" JW) baby is due in about a month and a half and she really wants to be able to hold the baby one time before we're DF'd. The committee chairman called me tonight and set me up for a meeting next Saturday (1/22) at the Kingdumb Hell. They want to discuss our celebrating Christmas. They met me at my wreath-and-lights-decorated door one day to discuss it, so there's no denying it or any such thing. So, I have two questions:
1) How can I stretch this thing out to span about three months? As I understand it, there is one appeal available after they make their decision. If the appeal committee agrees with the decision of the first committee, then I can write a letter to the appeal committee stating that I still don't agree. According to the elder's manual, they are required to forward that letter to Brooklyn and wait for a reply. No announcement can be made until that letter is received. Is that it? Any tricks to stretch it? Any mistakes I could make that would short-circuit it?
2) How can I best handle the meeting to get the most bang for the buck? I'm going to be discussing Christmas with three elders. They'll have a few Watchtowers, probably the [lack of] Reasoning Book, and of course their secret elder's book (with matching decoder ring) What can I say to them that has the best chance of helping them to see that they themselves need to escape, too? (One of these guys is about my age, with kids about the age of mine. I really feel for him and would love to help him out.)
Thanks for your replies. I'm nervous, but primarily because I'm not sure I can play them well enough to buy the time I need.