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Show Of Hands October 30th, 2014 2:23pm

As a kid/teen, did you ever run away from home?

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11/01/14 9:12 pm

I tried, I walked down the street, even took my dogs, but then got scared lol.

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/31/14 8:10 pm

I tried to run away from home once when I was little. It was kinda funny, I filled a backpack with bottles of water, clothes, and canned food. I left the front door and started walking. My older brother who was coming home from work saw walking and

teaa New York
10/31/14 12:54 pm

No. My friend told me a story of how she tried to run away but literally 5 minutes later she calls her mom to pick her up, lol.

10/31/14 11:35 am

I told my parents I was going to, but as soon as I got out of the door, my neighbors pulled into the driveway and I got really excited, dropped my bag and went over to play with them.

dwklfamily Michigan
10/31/14 11:14 am

I ran down the street, and then right back up to my house again.

10/31/14 7:09 am

Oh, I thought it said "run away from lava" for a second there. Either way, no.

anonymousmn Minnesota
10/30/14 7:34 pm

Made it about 500 yds before I thought, "hmmm. Where will I sleep tonight?" I was 8.

10/30/14 6:19 pm

If you call packing graham crackers in a Barbie suitcase and walking around the block til I decided to come home....

10/30/14 5:34 pm

I ran away when I was like 6, it was like 8 p.m and I walked about 7 houses down and I got scared so I went home

Zomb1ePoptart Golden, Colorado
10/30/14 4:33 pm

When I was 6 I tried to leave my house because my mom wouldn't let me have desert one night. I got to the bottom of the driveway and then my mom peeked out the window and said "get back inside you little shit." I didn't try again.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
10/30/14 3:56 pm

We once found a four year old wondering the streets looking for his nanny. He woke up and could not see her so he walked her usual route to the shop looking for her. We drove him home pointing the way. It was miles to his house.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
10/30/14 3:57 pm

The nanny was so grateful. We should have told the parents but didn't.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
11/02/14 8:34 pm

Goodness! My cousin's neighbors (aged about 3 and 5 at the time) got a little motorized Jeep for Christmas. They decided to go for a secret sunset drive - found half a mile away after crossing a busy road before the parents even woke up.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
11/02/14 10:24 pm

Yikes. That would have put us in a flat spin.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
10/30/14 3:01 pm

I tried. I thought I could avoid my father's visitation if I disappeared for a couple hours. Made it to the fence before I was caught and dragged back inside. My family watched me like a hawk.

simplyjoyful Texas
10/30/14 2:58 pm

does it count if I went down the street for a bit and then got scared?:)

MrWalrus Undergrid
10/30/14 2:38 pm

When I was eight we lived in Hawaii and I tried to run away. Living on a rock I wasn't going to far. That and the only roads I knew where the ones that my father used to drive home on. Yep, he saw me.

blossoming new beginnings
10/30/14 12:38 pm

When I was seven, I put my doll in my wagon and decided to run away. Then I remember being afraid I might get lost, so I turned around to go back home and saw my dad on the sidewalk watching me. He brought me a sandwich :)

MurrayHitchens The Truth Wins Out
10/30/14 12:26 pm

Ya me and my sister wanted to go to Disneyland. Mom played along. The playful conversation went over our heads at that age. "Ok, we're going to get a head start. Bye", "Ok bye." We probably made it about 2 miles before they found us.

firefly5 the verse
10/30/14 12:23 pm

yes. yeah, I sure did. before that, too.

MogoshKatz Wisconsin
10/30/14 12:10 pm

I wanted to go swimming but my older sibs wouldn't take me so I went across the street to the neighbors. I was so sure everyone at home would be so sorry when they discovered I was missing. I didn't know about the phone call Mrs. Miller made.

mikeey1962 on SOH where else
10/30/14 11:31 am

Yes I got to the street but wasn't allowed to cross, so I just went home!

DamageInc California
10/30/14 11:12 am

If you count walking three to four blocks away and hiding out for a couple of hours, then yes. Otherwise, no.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/30/14 11:11 am

Not seriously, to where they came looking for me, but for a few hours at a time, sure. As I got older I put more effort into planning, so I was more than ready and well prepared to move out when I did at eighteen.

PrincessPetal Austin, TX
10/30/14 10:48 am

Kind of but not really, last year I was mad at my mom so I ran to my dad's house.

Br@ndon Your Soul
10/30/14 10:36 am

I was stupid, but not that stupid.

Congressman Louisiana
10/30/14 10:25 am

No I'm not a drama queen.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
10/30/14 10:07 am

Once, when I was three or so. I was only a block or so away playing with a new friend that I had made when Mom found me.

strawberryerrie soldier at heart
10/30/14 10:03 am

Yeah, twice. Once when I was about 16, I made it as far as the street next to my neighborhood. Then when I was 18, I headed for a guy friend's house in the next city. A sheriff stopped me and took me home both times.

fahq2 Loving Life
10/30/14 10:02 am

Wanted to...yes

Actually did

Nos4at2 demented weirdo
10/30/14 9:47 am

yup, at least. once a month until my father got incarcerated and it felt somewhat safer

bnnt Los Angeles
10/30/14 9:36 am

Yes, when I was 11.
I ran away with some comic books, candy, and soda to the local hills behind my neighborhood. Then I got really hungry when it was getting dark and went back home. Nobody even noticed!

katerina13 stuck in the middle
10/30/14 5:19 pm

Wouldn't you know it? Here you are, seriously trying to make a statement and...nothing. Lolol!

pandagoesmoo licking the windows
10/30/14 9:34 am

I did when I was 9 for 10 minutes..... Does that count?

10/30/14 9:24 am

Most kids get to the corner. One of mine rode off on his trike because I wouldn't take him to McDonalds.

10/30/14 9:17 am

I ran in a direction that was away from my house. Yes.

GlockMan1 Alabama
10/30/14 9:03 am

No....I like to eat.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/30/14 9:02 am

No. Contemplated it many times though.

10/30/14 8:32 am

Yes I had a tent set up out in one of our fields I got mad a few times ran off and stayed in my te t. I had food and water nice cozy sleeping bag.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
10/30/14 8:30 am

Kinda, sorta. After an uncalled for explosion from the tyrant (my father), I left & stayed w/my b/f & his parents for a few days in my late teens. I was probably 18 by then though, so I'm not sure it counts.

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 8:14 am

Tried it once when I was maybe 8 or 9; got a few blocks away before my dad found me. I have no idea where I thought I was going to go, I was mad & just started walking.

hitchens Ann Arbor, MI
10/30/14 7:54 am

Note the sheer generational dropoff. Why don't kids run away anymore?

Injectable Trump Killed Babbitt
10/30/14 8:44 am

They're not used to exposure to the elements.

FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/30/14 9:04 am

Maybe because running off would cause such trouble for the average kid/teen today. "They own my car and my phone, how could I run away?"

GlockMan1 Alabama
10/30/14 9:04 am

The video game consoles don't work without electricity.

droo Santa Barbara
10/30/14 9:20 am

I thought the older gen was more respectful of and obedient to their parents? Hmm...

Nos4at2 demented weirdo
10/30/14 9:50 am

it's more of a punishment to the parents when they stay

screename1 Alaska
11/02/14 6:30 am

The younger generation are often "friends" with their parents. Many aren't made to do anything that crosses their nature. No reason to run away from a home where their parents are at their beck and call.

Spartacus AUSTIN
10/30/14 7:53 am

Yeah I did. I've never been back.

cpaswr just say the letters
10/30/14 7:49 am

My brother ran away from home when he was 5. However, he didn't get far because he wasn't allowed to cross the street.

susanr Colorado
10/30/14 8:12 am

My daughter did that, but got a little farther. She wasn't allowed to cross the street *alone.* We had a dog who wouldn't leave the house alone. She & the dog escaped together, each providing the other's requirement. They got as far as a nearby park.

WildRice With a side of sass
10/30/14 7:42 am

I had made a plan, figured out how much $ I was going to need for a ticket, food and all that and started saving. I was in 3rd grade. Needless to say saving my allowance wasn't going to get me there very quickly and never did it haha

10/30/14 7:33 am

When you grow up poor, reality takes all the glamour out of running away from home...

TreeHugs Oregon
10/30/14 7:30 am

Yep, got a job, shared an apartment with two friends and switched to night school when I was 16. I think it was the laundromat, hideous food and lack of a car that made me go back home.

slickspin Heart of Texas
10/30/14 7:30 am

When I was 3. They found me. The fact that is was 20f and there was 2 feet of snow and snowing hard - maybe not the best time to make a