“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
As this world becomes more unforgiving, I am ever reminded to be more and more forgiving, because we all can see what hatred can give birth to.
You can forgive someone, and still maintain your safe distance. While you have given that person the opportunity to not repeat the offense, you can still maintain a distance of care. If the person repents of the offense, it’s best that he communicates it to you.
You will know that there is a change of heart when the person admits of his wrongdoing and truly repents of them and demonstrates.
If you allow that child to poke your eye again, he will very likely do it, at least to remind you that you shouldn’t have.
We are free to forgive and free to care for all including ourselves.