The boy who allegedly ran away from home earlier this month in a second attempt to find his father finally got the chance to spend quality time with him.
Eleven-year-old Tarel Adams and his dad enjoyed a day of fun and laughter last Sunday, his father Antonio Agard told Barbados TODAY.
“He was by my sister [for the weekend] and she call me and tell me that he there and I could come and see him, so I went for him to spend the day with me.
“I took him riding and we watched some TV. I talk to him a little. He was happy. I could see that he was happy because when I get by my sister he run out the bedroom and say, ‘daddy’, and he was smiling,” Agard told Barbados TODAY.
The child reportedly walked away from his Station Hill, St Peter home more than a week ago in a desperate search for his father in St Michael. His mother Kimberly Adams said at the time that the child craved a relationship with his dad.
Agard, who received a public tongue-lashing at the time for neglecting the boy, defended his delinquency while admitting that he deliberately lied to his children at times because he did not want to tell them no.
Agard said then, he did not have a stable job and was not allowed to take the children to the place he was renting, so he had broken several promises to Tarel, but he had done it with a heavy heart.
The father of four said the time he spent with Tarel on Sunday was not to pressure him into answering questions about why he had run away, but to show him that he was trying to be there for him.
“I know he got the 11-plus coming up and I plan to go for him this coming weekend. I plan to take him to the beach,” Agard said.
Meanwhile, Adams said while she was happy that Agard had made the attempt to reach out to Tarel, she hoped it was a long-term effort, not a continuation of the pattern of giving the son false hopes.
The mother also said she was still awaiting word from social care authorities on counselling for the troubled child who has not been on his best behaviour, at home, or school, in recent times.
“I just hope he keep it up. I will try my best but I hope he keep it up,” Adams stressed.