Let's try this again. This board hates me (not the people but the board itself) and everything I typed went AWOL!! difficult child 1 snapped big time this afternoon. He was fine one second and the next second (literally that fast) he wanted to live anywhere but here. No warning, no stress, no "situation", no meltdown. Just an out of the blue sudden decision. From that point on, it was downhill. CTSS worker and his supervisor were here and witnessed what was going on AFTER it started. Worker called social worker and she arranged a "respite" shelter in a town an hour away. difficult child 1 happily packed his bags and said goodbyes to people saying this was the last time they were going to see him because he was never coming back. Supervisor went out to explain to difficult child 1 what the "shelter" was like and what would be expected of him. Worker gave difficult child 1 the choice to stay here or go to shelter. difficult child 1 couldn't decide so worker and super left and difficult child 1 remained outside with his bags and all. Next thing I know, difficult child 1 is gone and bags are in the yard. Called worker who told me he was with another family and would get back to me as soon as he could. An hour later worker calls, difficult child 1 is still MIA so he and I both spend over an hour searching town. difficult child 1 showed up at Boy Scout meeting like nothing happened. He told me he wasn't coming home and he wasn't going to some stupid shelter in another town. He informs me he is attending the scout meeting and then will decide where he IS going to go. CTSS worker goes to police station and asks for help. They can't help because difficult child 1 isn't in any legal trouble. Cop finally agrees to help get difficult child 1 from the meeting, they literally drag him. difficult child 1 is given the choice to have me take him to shelter or worker take him to shelter. That is the ONLY choice he has. He happily chooses worker and tells me "there's no way I'm going with YOU!" I ask him what I did and he said "you were born" calm as could be. This is all NEW behavior. It was weird and scary for me since it was so sudden and so out of the blue. There was absolutely NOTHING going on when he just "decided". I don't get it. I am confused, hurt, scared, you name it. difficult child 2 cried himself to sleep and I am finding that I am too emotionally in shock to even do that. Thanks for letting me unload. This has been the strangest thing I have ever witnessed. I have to go there tomorrow morning to do admission paperwork and am not looking forward to it.