Mom Who Was Missing for 2 Weeks Says She Just Needed to 'Get Away'

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beach vacationAbout two weeks ago Debra Miller, Pennsylvania mom to a teenage daughter, went missing. She was last seen returning from grocery shopping on November 17. Calls to her cellphone went unanswered. Her car remained parked at her home. But there was no sign of Debra anywhere. Authorities combed the area and her family and friends put out fliers and social media posts in a desperate search to find the missing mom.

Finally Debra was found! A miracle -- or... not? Seems Debra was just went on a little ol' vacation in Florida and never bothered to tell anyone. She reportedly says she just "needed to get away."

Okay, let me just say what some of you may be thinking but do not dare say aloud: OMG, I'VE BEEN DREAMING OF DOING THE SAME EXACT THING!

I mean, obviously this was stunningly irresponsible of Debra. She didn't just miss Thanksgiving, she also missed her 14-year-old daughter's birthday. Her brother says it was so unlike her to just up and disappear like that without telling anyone. I imagine her daughter said something like, "Mom, we're so glad to see you safe! But... WTF?!?" In Debra's defense, I'm sure her life must have been very stressful for her to run off like this.

But haven't you ever just wanted to drop everything and run off to someplace sunny and carefree? Don't tell anyone, don't check your messages or email, just walk out the door and don't stop until you're on a beach somewhere. (Or in Orlando, in Debra's case.)

I know I've thought about it. (Southern Spain) I would never do such a thing... well, at least not until my son is old enough to take care of himself. And then? Wow, see how easy it would be to justify? I almost admire Debra for being so bold. I'm NOT, repeat, NOT going to run away any time soon. But I'm a little inspired -- there must be some smaller way for me to work in a little mini-escape.

Have you ever fantasized about running away without telling anyone?


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nonmember avatar crystalMP

Three words: ALL THE TIME.

cassi... cassie_kellison

I ran away last night to Walmart, it was amazing. But to actually leave and be gone for tat long ith out telling anyone is horribly selfish. I would never do that.

undrc... undrcvrmom

I dream about running away more as an adult then I ever did as a kid!lol(read on pinterest)

I have 3 small kids and the thought is definitely appealing but I also know the devastation it would 

cause my family and I love them far too much to put them through that.  


nonmember avatar Kate

I hope she gets charged with child abandonment. Who does that?! I understand people can just snap, but 2 weeks is more than that. It's just selfish, immature, and wrong.

Andi Dodd

I'm with Crystal... I think about it daily, but also like undrcvrmom... I could never actually do it.

doodl... doodlebut

You admire a woman who abandoned her daughter? That's really sad.

ruby_... ruby_jewel_04

What a cold hearted person. Fine. Take a damn vaction. But TELL people you are leavin. What a horrid parent. 

Carme... Carmen8706

I agree with Ruby. She put her daughter through hell and there was no excuse for that.

MsRkg MsRkg

@kate why should she be charged with child abandonment!?! Where does it say that she left her kids alone to fend for themselves. Obviously they were well cared for while she was gone, perhaps by their father! People are so ridiculous these days. It is not a crime to take a vacation without telling someone, it's not smart, but its not illegal.

nonmember avatar Lala

You people make awful assumptions. She isn't just a Mom who needed to get away. She isn't just a Mom who up and abandoned her child. Her child isn't exactly a child either. She is a teenager who knows very well what is going on with her Mother and has been dealing with it for years. What she did is sad and horrible to do to your family. But to write an entire article assuming you know why someone did something and to make it sound like she abandoned some young child to fend for herself is ridiculous. She put her entire family through hell... not just her daughter and while they were worried and wanted to make sure nothing serious happened to her the ending is not far from what they expected. I typically question a lot of the articles I read on this site. But after this article I am sure that none of you actually know anything about the subjects of your articles and are just pulling words out of your butt and sending them out there for the world to read and then make their own incorrect assumptions.

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