What to put in your “runaway” bag…

My brother ran away once.  He was about five years old.  There had been a conflict between he and my mother.  She had probably asked him to pick up his fire truck, yo-yo and sneakers – and that drove him to the only reasonable solution…run away from home.

Sure enough, he left, though he didn’t go far.  My mom found him under the deck eating raisins.  (At least he was wise enough to bring sustenance.)

A few weeks ago, I was helping my daughter pack for a family vacation.  I asked her to get a bag we could use for packing.  She  said, “Oh, we can use my runaway bag.”

“Your what?

“My runaway bag.  I packed it when I told you I was going to runaway.”

Oh, of course.  Naturally.  Who doesn’t have a runaway bag, I thought to myself, trying hard not to giggle.  I guess it is similar to a bag you keep on hand when you’re about to have a baby.  She clearly needed to be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.  (Her reasons for running would likely be similar to my brother’s.)

She retrieved the bag, then emptied the contents.  She had packed three items:

1. The book, “You are My I Love You.”  I gave it to her for Christmas one year.

2. Whoppy – her favorite stuffed animal.

3. And a clicker!

When I saw the clicker, I wanted laughed my head off – but I didn’t dare.  It would hurt her feelings – and that might be cause to run away…which would be terrible timing with having just unpacked the runaway bag and all.

But, oh, how I have giggled about it since.  A clicker!  Yes, every runaway bag needs the essentials…including a clicker.  During trying times, (under the deck eating raisins, for instance) one needs to think positively!

8 Responses to “What to put in your “runaway” bag…”

  1. Andrea Says:

    That is so stinkin’ cute! I wonder if my kids have a runaway bag that I don’t know about?

  2. Tiffany Johnson Says:


  3. Kirsten Says:

    Where in the world did she get a clicker? I’ll have to be on the lookout for a runaway bag!

  4. Janessa Couch Says:

    Love it!!!!!! That is hilarious. I need to get myself a clicker. It would be a fun science experiment with my kids to see if we can get rid of the fighting in our house. :)

  5. Ruth Wood Says:

    That’s so funny!
    My 6 &5 year old girls do except, it’s filled with makeup, things for thier hair, and candy they hide, given to them by my nine year old son. It is very important to look your best. :)

  6. Sherri Webb Says:

    LOVE it!! I am certain you will find some gospel tie in for this cute story someday!!

  7. Kim Spencer Says:

    Love it!

  8. Grace Thornock Says:

    I wasn’t able to attend TOFW this past year due to LOTS OF NOT SO GOOD THINGS happening in my life. Where can I find a “clicker”?

Leave a Reply