If 7-year-olds could storm out of the house and disappear for a few hours while you sit home envisioning them in the back of a child molester's van, they probably would once in a while. But at that age, they're still afraid to leave the neighborhood alone.
Teen-agers have the guts to pull stunts like that. ("Stunts'' is what my parents called it, using angry tones of voice.)
This cute and innocent looking Davie teen was
so mad about his chores he even left his cell
I have to draw your attention to this story we had in the paper today, about a Davie 14-year-old who scared the crap out of his parents by walking off his mowing chore and disappearing overnight. Click here to read it.
I absolutely love the end of the story. This is a story you can laugh about; we know the teen came home safe and sound. Plus, it wasn't my son.
But I know, believe me, that teen-agers have just the right mixture of independence and mobility to take their protests farther than you ever could imagine, as a parent. That is, it's hard to imagine that Little Johnny, whose every stinking whim you catered to for 13 or 14 years, would leave you home replaying the Adam Walsh story in your mind over and over.
The first time your teen isn't where he's supposed to be, and is unreachable for an hour or two, you'll know what I'm talking about.
With my darling 16-year-old, I insist on having the cell phone numbers of all of his closest friends, as well as home numbers. If he doesn't pick up when I call, and still doesn't pick up when I call again a couple times, I call the friend. No answer? I call the next friend. Yes, I might be known by them as Creed's Psycho Mom, and I know I owe these boys lots of good snacks at my house. But I just can't stomach the not-knowing.
I'll post the full story on the jump, of the wayward Davie teen whose disappearance sparked a huge police department kidnapping search.
Teen, tired of chores, takes off
By Robert Nolin, Staff writer
The Broward Sheriff's Office called out its bloodhounds and sent its helicopter aloft with infrared sensors. Recorded "reverse 911" calls were beamed to every address within two miles. Davie police, assisted by other jurisdictions, went door-to-door with fliers depicting a grinning teen, missing and presumed kidnapped.
Nick Barnes, 14, had disappeared Sunday afternoon while mowing the lawn of his Davie home.
"We treated it as an abduction, worst case scenario," Davie Police Sgt. Christopher Chastain said.
It was more like a case of late-summer lethargy.
"He just got fed up with the chores and walked," Chastain said.
He was found a day later, having spent the night at a friend's house.
When his family left him Sunday, Barnes was cutting the grass. When they returned, he was suspiciously gone, leaving behind his cellphone, wallet, house keys and an open garage door.
Barnes' trek took him about 5 1/2 miles, to a friend's house in the Plantation neighborhood where he once lived. He spent the night there. Police, acting on a tip from someone who saw his photo in a news report, found Barnes around 11:30 Monday morning, walking down a nearby road.
But that was after investigators, searchers and, presumably, Barnes' parents, passed a nervous night. The boy had no history of running away, and the abruptness of his disappearance lent weight to an abduction theory that had police scrambling.
"We had every available resource," Chastain said. "This was ongoing all night."
The sergeant said it would be difficult to put a price on Barnes' search. "I couldn't even begin to determine it, costwise," he said. "You find him and he's fine, it's worth every penny."
Barnes' parents couldn't be reached for comment Monday. Neither could Barnes. Chastain said it's unlikely charges will be filed. But he did offer one suggestion for the wandering teen:
"I'd say more chores."
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