In movies, sometimes you’ll see a character staring at the moon, wondering whether his object of affection is doing the very same thing. The…

In movies, sometimes you’ll see a character staring at the moon, wondering whether his object of affection is doing the very same thing. The disconnect her e- that neither person knows what the other is doing – is hard to stomach. This situation always reminds me of the message service the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) offers. The way it works is that a parent or a youth calls NRS, leaving a message for someone. If that someone then calls us, asking if there’s a message, we’re able to read to the caller exactly what the first caller said. This service lets communication happen in situations where it otherwise might not be feasible. Maybe the people involved aren’t ready to talk directly, or maybe the youth doesn’t know how else to reach a parent. These obstacles could prevent any contact from happening, but the message service lets it happen in a different, but still meaningful, manner.

– Will

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