Moral Mondays: “Never Talk to Strangers” – Defiant Child


Defiant child stamped her feet. Arms folded, pouting lip there was no telling her.

Stranger danger she ignored and so often in the street she would disappear only to be found in earnest conversation with a person unknown.

No amount of reasoning made any impression on her.

When she was fourteen she disappeared. Out shopping her mother looked around and she was gone.

CTV footage showed her walking away with a man no one knew. Hours turned to days to months. It was the sombre policeman at the door who answered their question.


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13 Responses to Moral Mondays: “Never Talk to Strangers” – Defiant Child

  1. lorigreer says:

    Well-written. The story drew me in.

  2. Scout says:

    Every parent’s worst nightmare.

  3. mandibelle16 says:

    Lesson well taught. Sad the girl disappeared and if it were true, her family would be in such grief never knowing what happened to her. Great story Michael.

  4. Lyn says:

    Terrifying! You can’t tell your kids often enough about stranger danger. My daughter vanished one day when she was just four. She decided to talk into town (3km) to go shopping with Nana. My neighbour found her two blocks away and smacked her bottom all the way home. I had a two-year-old and a newborn at the time and no car.

  5. Nortina S. says:

    Striking tale! I’m terrified at what might happen to her, but at the same time, I just want to spank her little behind her not listening to her parents. Ugh! Kids can surely give you a heart attack.
    Thanks so much for joining Moral Mondays again!

  6. wildchild47 says:

    Chilling and so well written. The tone and “sparsity” of your word choice is perfect. Really whacks the message home. Great write Michael 🙂

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