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It is a shame that so many children, teens and even adults runaway.  The concept that life might be better is usually overly exaggerated. Over the years I have seen stories of young children running away to escape a brutal homelife and a violent parent.  Teens foolishly believe that just their parents say no that life will be better if they runaway.  It is sadly not the case. I remember reading in high school a book about a girl who did not get along with her mother. She was very pretty and thought if she lived in New York she could become a model or an actress.  Unfortunately, she was the exact type of female the predators seek.  In this girl’s case, when she stepped off the bus there was a good looking young man readily availabe to help her.  He knew instantly that she was easy prey. He coninced her he would help her get a job and a home.  He explained she could stay with him.  She was so nieve. At first she slept on the couch but within a few days she was in his bed.  She started off cooking, cleaning and doing laundry.  She kept trying to find a job but he sidestepped her at every turn. Eventually he started her on drugs and before long she was pregnant. If she didn’t obey he beat her. By this time she became addicted to drugs.   He tried to force her to become a hooker, but she just couldn’t do it which led to additional beatings. When she finally tol him she was pregnant her threw her out. Finally, she had the good sense to call her mother who sent her bus fare to go back home.  Not only was her life even more difficult but she had to withdraw from drugs.  The whole point of the story was to remind us as teens that unless your situation is truly desperate don’t runaway.  The teacher suggested another family relative or a good friend that woud help.  What do you think? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website www.goodgusbooks.com along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at www.misplacedtrustbook.com. If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision. Please check me out on IHeart radio. The Good Gus series, books one through four, are now available at the Morgan Mill Mail/UPS. I am about to be on Shopify, Instagram and Tic Tok!

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