My Mommy made me very mad,
So I thought that I’d run away.
And when she made me eat liver,
There was no way that I could stay!

Then last night when she cooked spinach
And put some on my plate to eat,
I tried to feed it to the dog;
That’s when my Daddy tanned my seat.

I have got my yellow blankie
‘Cause I never sleep without it.
I hope that my parents miss me
But I really kind of doubt it.

So I sit here on the sidewalk
My yellow blankie at my feet.
It is as far as I can go;
I’m not allowed to cross the street!

Has anyone survived childhood without at least once entertaining the thought of running away? The little girl in Runaway wants to teach her parents a lesson by leaving home but she has been well trained and there are certain rules that must be adhered to even in her disobedient act of running away.

As adults, we set sensible boundaries for ourselves in our everyday lives. These boundaries are dictated, in part, by such things as laws, religion, and the opinion of others but mainly by what we refer to as our conscience.

The Bible says, ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ Proper training is impossible to forget. Just as the little girl could not bring herself to disobey by crossing the street alone, our children will not forget the values that we instilled in them when they were young.


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