Running Away From Home.

Pixabay photo
By Jabo
@jaboUK (57577)
United Kingdom
April 18, 2016 7:29am CST
I was 12 years old and I can't even remember what I'd done to upset my father, but he had punished me by banning me from doing what I loved the most. . I thought - right, I'll show him! I would just disappear from his life for ever! (Kids eh?). So when school finished that afternoon, I took my bike and made my way to a haybarn a couple of miles away. I made a nest for myself in the hay - now what? There was nothing to do, so I explored the surrounding fields until it started to get dark. I returned to the barn and buoyed myself up by thinking that NOW my father would be sorry! I couldn't sleep, and was bored, cold and hungry, so eventually I decided to go home. I had no watch but thought it must be nearly morning. When I reached home I was aghast to see a police car outside the house! I hung around a while hoping it would go, but as it didn't I thought I could perhaps sneak up to my room without anyone noticing. Wrong. They heard me, and I got a stern lecture from the policeman about wasting police time, as my parents had reported me missing. Then of course I got a real ear-bashing from my Dad, and he grounded me for a month. By the way, it was only just after 11pm when I got home! Did you ever run away from home when you were a kid? -------------------- Picture from Pixabay
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@LadyDuck (229216)
• Switzerland
18 Apr 16
No, never, I have always been a very quiet girl, even if I was upset, at most, I closed myself inside my room.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@LadyDuck So you were never rebellious Anna? I'm afraid I was.
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@LadyDuck (229216)
• Switzerland
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK No I was not rebellious, now I think that I was too quiet and obedient. My Mom was very strict, my father was a sweet man.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@LadyDuck It was the other way round with me - Mum was sweet, dad was strict.
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• United States
18 Apr 16
Actually, I was more like 17 when I did it - my friend and I and our two boyfriends took off and were gone two days. My parents had a three state alarm out for us....I don't go into details, but let's say going home wasn't pleasant....
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill Oh my - your's was a much more serious running away than mine!
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• United States
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK Yes, and I can guaranty my punishment stuck with me forever.
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@miniam (9198)
• Bern, Switzerland
18 Apr 16
I pictured your punishment and im hoping you never repeated it
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• Preston, England
18 Apr 16
I ran away when I was about 6 or 7 and tried to join the army. The recruiting office phoned my parents who brought me home.
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@miniam (9198)
• Bern, Switzerland
18 Apr 16
Now i call that patriotic@arthurchappell
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@arthurchappell Oh how sweet you must have been!
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• Preston, England
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK I was quite precocious
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@josie_ (8942)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
You could have save yourself an ear-bashing had you but left a message that you would be running away from home but would be back for supper.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@josi_ You made me laugh
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@marlina (84492)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
Very funny @Josie,
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• Visakhapatnam, India
20 Apr 16
@marlina it is funny dont you feel
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@Bluedoll (16941)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
Worthy of a journal entree' in a book of memories because so nicely written. Loved the ending. Wished to see a tear in someones eye in this story. Maybe there was but they are difficult to detect when looking through one.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@Bluedoll What a sweet comment, thank you, but I didn't think it was a tear-inducing story
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@Bluedoll (16941)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK It wasn't. It was from a child's perspective and I really liked that. However I bet Dad and Mom before you arrived were in a poor state holding back the tears. How you could incorporate that into the story without ruining the funny side is beyond me. Perhaps one of those things that people think about but is not written? I don't know I'm not a writer. ha ha
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@Bluedoll I understand what you mean now. I don't consider myself a writer either - I just put these anecdotes down as they occur to me.
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@sgbrown (1640)
• United States
18 Apr 16
I never did actually run away from home. We lived in a large city and I didn't have any place to go. I threatened to several time, but my mom would just say she would help me pack my bag. So my threats did seem to do me any good! LOL
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@josie_ (8942)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
@sgbrown _Reverse psychology. Your mom is very wise.
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@sgbrown (1640)
• United States
18 Apr 16
@josie_ I knew what she was doing, but it still worked! :)
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@josie_ @sgbrown Sometimes that reverse psychology is the best appraoch. That's a good one - she'd help you pack!
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@dpk262006 (56770)
• Delhi, India
19 Apr 16
I had no such occasion, when I thought of running away from house. I used to think that even if I am upset I should not leave the house and make my parents worried about me.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@dpk262006 You were obviously a much nicer child than me
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@dpk262006 (56770)
• Delhi, India
19 Apr 16
@jaboUK Thanks for the compliments. PS - I am still a nicer child for my mother.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@dpk262006 That's great - cherish your mother while you still have her.
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@GreatMartin (9089)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
19 Apr 16
I ran away at least once a week until I was 13--nobody ever came looking for me or missed me!! So I stopped--what was the use??? LOL
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@GreatMartin Oh Martin - that is so sad. You exaggerate of course.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
19 Apr 16
@jaboUK Actually I think they really knew that I ran away to the movies as soon as I could reach the window to buy my ticket!! LOL
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@GreatMartin So your love of movies started when you were very young.
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• Greece
18 Apr 16
When I was 17 I ran away from home because my parents banned me from seeing my boyfriend. I ran to him of course! His mother let me stay but I didn't like it very much and after a few days the pastor from the church came and took me home!
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad Your running away was a bit different from mine - no boys involved. What happened to your romance?
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• Greece
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK I married him a year later but it ended in divorce 11 years after that.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@41CombedaleRoad Oh dear, so your parents were right!
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@KnehKnah (3486)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
I was already smiling, just reading your title, my dear Momma! I knew how you made your Dad sorry for what he did that made you run away from home (well...maybe he did not say anything about it). Did I run away from home? That's why I was smiling. I did. Mama reprimanded me when I made my Manay Bebeth cry (for the nth time), due to my usual acts that annoyed her. I got mad! So I took some clothes, wrapped them in a big cloth & tied it to a sturdy branch I saw at the pile of firewood. That I carried down the stairs. I was on my way out our property when I heard huffing & puffing. It was my Manay. She tearfully asked where I was going. I said out of her & Mama's lives!
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@KnehKnah At least you thought it out enough to take some clothes with you! I didn't take anything - I just didn't think! Did you actually get off your property, or did you turn round when your Manay found you?
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@KnehKnah (3486)
• Philippines
19 Apr 16
@jaboUK It was so cold here during those nights, my dear Momma. I had no sweater nor jacket. I can't bring our bedsheet because we only had one. So, I thought I can just use some clothes to keep me warm wherever I stopped for the night. Silly me! Did I actually leave our property that night? Luckily my Manay begged me not to. She cried while hugging me so tightly. She said even if I amnoy her again she will not tell Mama. That solved the case! She got my pack & branch & off we went back to the house. Then, a heavy rain suddenly poured!
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@KnehKnah All was well in the end then, and you missed the rain too!
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@Inlemay (17225)
• South Africa
18 Apr 16
Never - but i do recall it going through my mind a few times, We lived very far away from town on a small holding, and the dark road kept me home.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@Inlemay I can understand it would be a bit daunting as you were rather isolated where you lived. I never even thought of any danger to myself.
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@Inlemay (17225)
• South Africa
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK since a young age, I always over analyzed things
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@WorDazza (11713)
• Manchester, England
18 Apr 16
I did consider asking the rag and bone man if he could take me on as his apprentice after I got a stern telling off from my mother for not doing very well in a homework assignment!!!
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@WorDazza You and a rag and bone man would have gone well together!
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@WorDazza (11713)
• Manchester, England
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK That's not the first time someone has observed that!!!!
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@Asylum (48095)
• Manchester, England
18 Apr 16
Most of us have probably done something like this at some time.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@Asylum I suppose that's true. I really thought I'd been gone nearly all night, but it was only a few hours. Silly me.
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@Asylum (48095)
• Manchester, England
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK Time does pass much slower than we realise if we are awake at night time.
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@gudheart (12719)
18 Apr 16
I have never, but when I was really young I thought about it because I was young and silly! It was over silly things like I can't get a new toy or something so I would say in my head...I am going to runaway! Makes me laugh now thinking about it.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@gudheart Yes, I was silly too, but my Dad had stopped me going to the stables and that really hurt
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
Yes I did once but only for an hour as I got scared lol so I never achieved anything anyway lol
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@gabs8513 Oh dear, poor you. At least I lasted longer than an hour
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK Lol you did good there
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@gabs8513 Btw - it's good to see you again.
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@quantum2020 (10595)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
18 Apr 16
One year earlier than you. I was 11 years old when I packed my things and run away from home. I was away from home for about three months when I decided to come back home. On my return, I stayed for a month at home; then, I left home again with the permission of my parents.
@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@quantum2020 My goodness, wherever did you go? Surely an11 year old couldn't go unnoticed for that amount of time? And the second time - did you have a proper place to stay?
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@quantum2020 (10595)
• Ciudad De Mexico, Mexico
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK I stayed at hostal houses in different cities. Since my father showed me how to work at a very early age, I was always getting some work at varied working places, such as painting, shoe shine, the kitchen, in restaurants, the fields, washing cars, and others.
@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@quantum2020 You must have been very resourceful, but you wouldn't have been allowed to work like that in this country.
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@allknowing (84137)
• India
18 Apr 16
Oh no Janet. Little girls never do that. Boys I know have done that - my brothers for example
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@allknowing Rebellious naughty little girls did!
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@allknowing (84137)
• India
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK What a transformation!
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@allknowing You think? You may be surprised!
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
20 Apr 16
haha, that was quite a drama. i think if this was happened today, the police will just tell your parents to wait for another 24 hours before reporting you missing.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
20 Apr 16
@scheng1 I'm not sure what the rule is now, but I would have thought that if it was a child that the police would need to be informed immediately. In my case, I hadn't left a note or given anyone an inkling of what I was going to do, so it seemed to my parents that I had just disappeared.
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@scheng1 (24716)
• Singapore
21 Apr 16
@jaboUK Yes, the police has to be informed. But they may not take any action now except to enter it into the record and alert all patrol guys. Other than that, the police will call the mobile to try to contact the kid. Many children today just go out without informing anyone, and they may stay out late too. Anyway 12 years old is not that young, and that is the rebellious age. It is a different era now.
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 16
@scheng1 It's certainly a different era - mobile phones weren't even invented for many decades after I ran away. Now I suppose every child has one.
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@bunnybon7 (41348)
• Holiday, Florida
19 Apr 16
not as a little kid but as about 14 yrs, my step dad had punched me for taking up for my mom and cops came and got me from the preachers house, and my mom actually lied and let the step get away with it. they didn't believe me
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@bunnybon7 You mean you ran away to the preacher's house? I should think you found it hard to forgive your Mom for lying. Poor you.
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@bunnybon7 (41348)
• Holiday, Florida
19 Apr 16
@jaboUK yes my mom wasn't exactly caring of me as I was her
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
19 Apr 16
@bunnybon7 I'm really sorry to hear that Bonnie - you haven't had the best of lives have you?
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@Hate2Iron (13012)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
Now there is definitely a story to add to your family tree... Now that was a sad/scary story for all involved and I'm glad that it turned out well. As for me... never occurred to me lol. I was the first born! Need I say more ;)
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@Hate2Iron Does being the first born make you more responsible? I ask because my oldest sister never put a foot wrong, we used to call her goody-two-shoes.
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@Hate2Iron (13012)
• Canada
18 Apr 16
@jaboUK I guess that would apply to me as well, not that I come to think about it. I was also spoiled somewhat ;)
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@jaboUK (57577)
• United Kingdom
18 Apr 16
@Hate2Iron It would be interesting if there was a survey to see if where you come in the family affects your personality.
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