Can you help me find this family from Plantation, Florida? #RunawayReunion
Updated: Jun 19
(Part two of this will be written soon. I've found the family! Thanks everyone for sharing this. I can't wait to explain.)
Before I self published Poems From a Runaway at the latter end of 2017, I emailed various news and radio stations to find a family that I wrote about in my book. I'll post the poem below this article, but in a nutshell I met a really kind-hearted family one day whilst I was living rough on Piccadilly at around fourteen years old. For the many that don't already know my story, I slept rough on Piccadilly as a young teenager for quite some time from the age of thirteen having frequently ran away to London as a young teenager.
You can find out more in this following news piece done by WSVN news.
Source - WSVN 7news article - https://wsvn.com/news/special-reports/runaway-reunion/
I'd really love to give them a copy of this book, in a world where I met so many different people they might wonder why what they did stood out for me so much, but it just felt a really beautiful meeting and it would absolutely make my day to be able to speak with them just at least once more to say thank you for those few days. However like everyone I met in those days, because I was a runaway living on the streets of London - I would have told them I was anything between seventeen to nineteen years old although they may have had their suspicions that I was much younger, I'm not sure. What do I remember about the family? The daughter in the family would be around my age or perhaps a year or two older (I'm 33) - her name possibly may have been Melanie or something like that and she was part of her school wrestling team, and I remember blondish hair. The son would be around thirty years old I would guess, and if I remember rightly, maybe darker hair. The mother of the family may have had short hair at the time but there's a chance I could be confusing memories.
The vacation was actually a business trip the father of the family was on and the rest had came along to see London.
How can you help?
To help massively improve my chances of finding this family to give them a copy of my book and a lovely letter you could share this very blog page on social media.
Better still if you happen to be on Twitter - you could retweet the following tweet with the hashtag #RunawayReunion which will save you copy and pasting links :)
If you think you may know who this family are or think you may be one of the people in this story or any of my others, then feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Poems From a Runaway click the 'My Book' tab at the bottom of this website.
Massive thanks for taking the time to read this and for any and all of you that share and support this post to help make this reunion possible, Big Love from the UK.