Sometimes it’s easy to foresee when something will happen. It’s like driving on a highway and seeing signs that warn of a detour up ahead. But in real…

Sometimes it’s easy to foresee when something will happen. It’s like driving on a highway and seeing signs that warn of a detour up ahead. But in real life, that’s not always the case, especially when it comes to things like having someone in your life suddenly disappear because they ran away from home. There have been some cases where the youth running away didn’t really give any signs they would leave home. Or at least, the people in their lives may not have recognized them as signs. I remember asking a lot of callers whether the person who left home was going through some personal troubles, or if there was some sort of conflict at home that caused them to leave. In some cases, the caller responded no. We can’t always know everything about those we love, about the people in our lives. We all hide at least some part of our inner lives to those around us. And that’s what makes it difficult sometimes for parents, guardians, relatives, friends, etc. who have had someone run away from home without giving any indications at all as to their plans. I guess what I’m saying is that if you do know someone who has run away and don’t know why, then one thing you could do is try to look at the whole picture. Sometimes the signs were there, they just weren’t clear or they were taken piecemeal so that it doesn’t all quite fit together. It could be that the youth who ran away did give clues, but only to certain people. – Allyson