All of us have moments we look back on and cringe, especially moments we didn’t understand at the time!
1. “When I was in like 7 or 8 I damn near got my ass kidnapped and didn’t even realize it. We lived literally right across the street from my school and I was supposed to go straight home but I had $5 and went to the store that’s just a couple blocks over. I knew I’d get in trouble if I got caught so I was really nervous. This guy pulls up and tells me my parents sent him to get me, my dumb self thought he was from the school or something and I’d been busted.
I was pretty close to getting into his backseat when a group neighborhood thugs ran up and just started beating this guy up and they were yelling at me so I took off running home. One was running after me and when we got close to my house he started yelling my dad’s name. I got in trouble for not coming home and talking to strangers but my parents never said I almost got kidnapped and I didn’t even realize it until I got older. Years later I asked my parents about it and they said people noticed that guy talking to kids that were walking home from school and the older guys in the neighborhood started watching for him.”
2. “When I was about 12 years old, I was being chased by a bee and tried to run away from it during a huge boy scout camping trip. For about 30 seconds I heard a guy repeatedly yell “cease fire.”
I was unaware I had been running in circles through an active archery field.”
3. “Nanny was supposed to pick me up form an after school thing I was doing; she was a bit late, so I decided to walk home. Thing is, the school was 6 miles from my house and I had to cross two overpasses to get there, which I did while lugging my stuffed backpack. I made it about 5 miles before getting too tired and resting next to the sidewalk near the local mall, then this guy on a motorcycle asks if i wanted a ride. I said yes, because screw walking in the surprisingly creepy home stretch to my house, and hopped on his bike.
We ended up talking a bit and I found out he was an armored truck driver named Ray; he dropped me off at my house and that was the last I saw of him. My parents didn’t find out until a few years later when he showed up at the house, asking for some cash to buy his kid a Christmas present, mentioning how he’d helped me out that time.”