This week's question from David (Authorblog) is:
As a child, did you ever consider running away from home?
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I remember vividly when I was about 10 my mum sending me on an errand. She gave me a pound note (ah those were the days!) to go and get some items from the local shop. My middle brother (aged 5) wanted to come with me so I got out the 'guider' (which probably most of you will call a soapbox car) that Dad had made for us out of a couple of crates and some wheels off an old pram and sat brother in it to pull him to the shop.
We had great fun on the way, I took the long way round so we could hurtle down some steep hills together and took much longer than I should have . When we arrived at the shop I tied the guider up to the drainpipe, lifted brother out and took him by the hand into the shop. I took the shopping list out of my pocket but I couldn't find the £1 note!
Oh I can't tell you how sick I felt - I'd lost it, a whole pound. My heart was racing, I was sweating and crying. I quickly put brother back in the guider and retraced my journey but I didn't find the pound. That was when I considered running away from home, it had to be preferable to going home and telling Mum I'd lost the money. A pound was a lot of money and Mum and Dad couldn't afford to lose it - I may as well be dead! I soon realised that running away wasn't really an option, I had brother with me and I had to take him home. I cried all the way home and was in such a state when I arrived that Mum thought I'd been molested or something.
I explained through coughing sobs with tears and snot running down my face that I'd lost the money. Mum was upset but she was just thankful that was the reason I was crying and not that I'd been hurt. It was a while before I was trusted with so much money again but I was ever careful after that and kept the money in my hand.