I've had a long weekend and was proposing to get on top of all manner of things. I've failed miserably.
Anyway, was going to catch up with my blogging, what I've been up to etc but need to write about something else that I found out about.
My godson EB ran away last week. He's sixteen and in the middle of doing the first lot of his GCSE exams. For two days, nobody knew where he was and his family were frantic. How did they find out where he was? They contacted his girlfriend via Facebook...
He was staying at a friend's (not one of his usual close friends) but get this...his friend's mother knew he'd run away but didn't think to contact EB's mum! How utterly irresponsible, when all she had to do was to just call and say that he was ok! Needless to say, there was some sort of showdown at the house, resulting in EB saying he didn't want to go back home.
He's now at his dad's but has since refused to speak to his mum or any of his siblings, ignoring their calls and texts. I spoke to his mum MR for a long time on the phone - she doesn't think he's going to go back home. She said that he was always breaking rules and had no respect for her. That they never knew what he felt or that he was upset until it was too late. What I couldn't say to her and I've always thought was that she had a HELL of a lot of rules in her house and I'm not surprised he was always breaking them. Yes, the rules were in place to ensure the younger ones were in line but when you've got the same rules for 8 and 6 year olds, then they're kinda stifling for teenagers...And hello, boys/men not telling people how they feel?
Anyway, I told her that I would text him to see if he would respond. He did, telling me that he'd moved out, that his exams were fine, work was good and that things were great with his girlfriend. He said he was really happy where he was (at his dad's). No mention of his mum or siblings, so I didn't mention them either.
It's not for me to tell him what to do - if he thinks I'm siding with her, he'll stop responding. At least I can tell his mum that he's ok.