Did you ever decide to run away when you were a kid?

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  1. ThompsonPen profile image64
    ThompsonPenposted 10 years ago

    Did you ever decide to run away when you were a kid?

    What was your destination goal? Did you actually go through with it? How long did you last before turning back?

  2. rclinton5280 profile image65
    rclinton5280posted 10 years ago

    So many times I lost count. Once, we ran away from home and planned to walk to the nearest big city. We walked about 10 miles through the most of the night, and only got about 1/10 of the way there. We slept under a bridge, froze our butts off, and got picked up and carried back to town the next morning. One of the roughest nights of my life. I will never forget it.

  3. profile image0
    lesliebyarsposted 10 years ago

    I ran away for about an hour when I was 7 but it was cold and raining sobI turned back.

  4. kansasyarn profile image85
    kansasyarnposted 10 years ago

    I used to think about running away as a kid.  The only time I did it, I told my family I was running away.  I then walked about 1 block away from home and waited a bit.  Then, when everyone was still in the house acting like I surely had not or would not go anywhere, I walked back to our backyard and waited on the picnic table.  I was probably 9 or 10 years old and decided to "hide in plain sight."  Not longer after I got there, my family was looking for me like crazy, and I had to let them know I was there and ok.  Too funny!

  5. lburmaster profile image74
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    Yes. I packed up my little purple case, completely organized with the clothes folded. Walked down the street until I got to the corner, re-thought my plan, then turned back home. My mother was already waiting for me.

  6. unvrso profile image84
    unvrsoposted 10 years ago

    I decided to run away from home when I was 12 years old. My destination was the ocean. I have always been attracted by the ocean. I think it all started when I went to the ocean for the first time.

    My destination at that time was a coastal city named Los Mochis, Mexico. Unfortunately, I wasn't allowed to work at the shipyards there. I returned home after three months and that was because my mother begged me to return. If not, I could have gone to another coastal city.

  7. samazi profile image71
    samaziposted 10 years ago

    No I didn't think of that I was always surrounded with dotting parents and playful brothers and sisters.

  8. daydreams profile image93
    daydreamsposted 10 years ago

    Yes. I was about 3 at the time, so I don't remember why. Apparently I had packed a selection of toys and got as far as the landing!

  9. blessedp profile image79
    blessedpposted 10 years ago

    Yes! I did try to run away from home but the thoughts of the unknown and the fear that held me, never allowed me to leave the known.

    In short I thought about it, I had no destination never did go through with it and I certainly didn't last long because it never happened. 

    But truth is am happy I didn't.

  10. Electro-Denizen profile image81
    Electro-Denizenposted 10 years ago

    Well I ran away from school as a kid. I said I needed the bathroom and then ran 12km without stopping to get back home. I was about 9 or 10.But I guess that's running away to home, which is perhaps the opposite of this question.

  11. SoundNFury profile image81
    SoundNFuryposted 10 years ago

    Yeah, I did.  Haha, I can't remember why exactly, but I guess I had enough of whatever it was.  I packed my little suitcase and made it to about the corner of our block.  Didn't get much past there. smile

  12. wildove5 profile image76
    wildove5posted 10 years ago

    No, never.  My mother made it perfectly clear that If I chose to leave the house or run away, I could only leave with what I came with.  That being said I would have had to run away naked as a jay bird and the thought of that terrified me more than running away!  I did however move out at 17 after an argument, ( with cloths on and a laundry basket full.)  I stayed with a friend for a few weeks then found an apartment.  It lasted four months before I returned home.

  13. kittythedreamer profile image73
    kittythedreamerposted 10 years ago

    I ran away to get away from my Dad's house. Just ran away to my Mom's, a place where he didn't want me going. I followed through with it and stayed for 3 months, until I got shuffled around again between parents. This was at the age of 13. So happy I'm an adult and living a happy life now! LOL.

  14. flacoinohio profile image77
    flacoinohioposted 10 years ago

    I did several times, I was running away to my dads house, I got caught by family members or law enforcement every time.  I never made it to my destination.

  15. Barbara Kay profile image73
    Barbara Kayposted 10 years ago

    My younger sister and I ran away one day. We packed crackers and koolaid. The adventure had more to do with boredom. We had our little picnic in a field. When we returned, no one even noticed we were gone. I was a bad influence on her.

    Years later my youngest sister told me that she and my sister that had gone with me ran away from home lots of times and did the same thing. I should add we were country kids and craved excitement. There wasn't a lot to do.

  16. Sharkye11 profile image88
    Sharkye11posted 10 years ago

    No. I never tried that. If I got angry I usually plotted revenge, instead. Never carried through with that either. I was too boring and practical to run away...I hated being cold, and the thought of starving terrified me. smile I was also lazy. (still am!)

  17. nanderson500 profile image80
    nanderson500posted 10 years ago

    Me and my siblings would sometimes talk about it, but we were never serious. I think my brother and sister managed to get as far as the local Dairy Queen one day, ha ha.

  18. Rose Anne Karesh profile image69
    Rose Anne Kareshposted 10 years ago

    I never did as a kid but sometimes I think about packing up my family and running away now as an adult. I dream of a year long traveling adventure. But then I guess it's not running away from home if your bring your family with you.

  19. Ericdierker profile image48
    Ericdierkerposted 10 years ago

    Yes but this was expected of a country boy. It was a mutual kind of understanding that time alone might get a head on straight -- it worked. A few nights cooking your own fish staring at the stars alone and grazing on berries, dandelion and watercress and maybe just not eating for a day or two is good for a 12 year old. Probably hard on moms.

  20. CRe8tiVeLiFe profile image68
    CRe8tiVeLiFeposted 10 years ago

    Yes. I had a full $57 saved up. I was 11 years old. I was CONVINCED I was dying and didn't want my parents to have to go through watching me die. Ha! The minds of kids. I only got one town over and lectured by the parent who picked me up for hitchhiking. ;-)

  21. velzipmur profile image79
    velzipmurposted 10 years ago

    Yes as a matter of fact I did think about it. I never did it though. I am pretty sure we have all entertained that idea as a child. I could never decide on a destination maybe that's why I never ran away!

  22. Georgie Lowery profile image90
    Georgie Loweryposted 10 years ago

    When I was real little (less than five), I packed all my favorite toys into a little suitcase and ran away. This consisted of walking across the street to my granny's house. My mother wouldn't let me have an extra chocolate chip cookie so I decided to show her! They let me stay the night, of course I thought I'd won the game. My daddy came and got me the next morning. He tells me now that he was struggling so hard not to laugh!

  23. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 10 years ago

    never run away but did had such thoughts bcoz me and my bro couldn't stand our parents quarrels and hands on fighting but we stayed on in order to make sure they don't kill each other, for real.

  24. profile image0
    James E.posted 10 years ago

    I believe that if you have a free spirit inside of you at one time or another running away is a natural feeling.  As a kid, the thought crossed my mind, but never considered it entirely.  I always was able to escape into that hopeful phrase "One of these days I will...."

    And now that I am older I still use the same phrase.  Ralph Emerson said it best when he insight-fully declared "We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time we are much more." 

    I will never stop believing I am always much more than I am today.  Dreams are reachable and you can't get there by running away from the experiences that are difficult, but manageable..

  25. Taleb80 profile image79
    Taleb80posted 10 years ago

    I was thinking so much about that, I was thinking about going to the forest & to build a house on a big tree.

  26. alancaster149 profile image75
    alancaster149posted 10 years ago

    Can't say I didn't have it in mind. Fed up at and with school, I decided to 'hop it' and set off up the road from school. 'Run away to London', I thought to myself, 'get away from this!'
    I walked up Flatts Lane and knocked on the door of the gate lodge of Upsall Grange. When the door opened I recognised the lad from school, but still asked,
    'Have you any jobs you want doing?' (I was going to work my way south, so I thought. There weren't any jobs going, he said. I set off back to 'civilisation'. 'Sod this', I thought.
    When I'd gone some way back towards Normanby someone stopped and offered a lift, then drove me back to Eston Square and told me to watch myself. I thanked him and walked back to where I lived in Ayton Crescent (named after James Cook's village where he grew up at Aireyholme Farm).
    That was running away over and done with - for the time being. I did 'get away' by sitting an exam to go to Art school and finished up at Scarborough School of Art (thinking I was going to Redcar Tech College).

  27. mahmud11557 profile image59
    mahmud11557posted 10 years ago

    Yes,i once run away from home during a kid.My father was angry with me because i hit a cat until a broken leg.I escaped to the bus station,but not for long time.When i feel hungry i will go back to the house.


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