My Escape, So I Thought!

I spent a lot of time outside all alone in my neighborhood and was certainly a candidate for kidnapping or abuse. I was approached one day by a teenager that I knew briefly and he asked me if I wanted to go for a train ride around the community. I was nervous at first but he talked me into going with him, I didn’t tell anyone I was going. I think I was about 5 or 6 years of age and I never experienced any fun times, so he had a real easy one here.

Child-of-Woe-By-the-RiverI met him after school and we started walking and I started wondering when we would get to the train station. I found out years later that he was running away from home and didn’t get along with his parents and so he was leaving but, he didn’t want to go alone. He must have recognized that I was a loner and didn’t have good relationship with my stepfather and so I was a good choice for him.

We walked for hours and finally for about three days, he never harmed me in any way, physically or sexually but, just kept me walking and we slept under the leaves we found along the roadside and we were starving.

We were on the way into Woodstock, Ontario when a man came out of his house and yelled at us, and asked where we were going and my friend told him we were going into Woodstock. He said jump into his car and he would give us a ride into the city and so we did and sat there for a long time.

All of a sudden a Police car drove in behind us and there was the Paris Chief of Police, Tom Bean, standing at the car door looking down at me. I found out years later that the teenager was put in to Detention for 2 years, and I never saw him again. The radio stations in the area had been broadcasting my disappearance and so a description had been given out on me, and the man recognized me and called the Police.

When they took me home my mom was so glad to see that I was safe but the old man was outraged that they had found me. I was back home again and did not want any more escapes like I had experienced. I thank God that He protected me from abuse and even death on that journey. Did you ever think that someone was watching over your life? I sure do!