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During his horrifying ordeal, Shawn says that he "crossed himself" every night and prayed that he would be reunited with his parents. He says he knew they would be holding out hope for his return, and that hope kept him going. "There was a time when I was thinking about giving up, but then I just thought of what they [were] doing and searching for me and looking for me. And then I knew they [weren't] giving up so I figured I shouldn't," Shawn says.

Shawn says now that he's home with his family, he is looking forward to trying to get things back to normal. "He just wants to be treated like everybody else and like a normal kid. He doesn't want any attention. He doesn't want anything special. He just wants to be Shawn and do what a normal 15-year-old is supposed to be doing with his family and his parents," Craig says. One of the things Shawn is most looking forward to is returning to school.

As for his ordeal, Shawn says he will be ready to talk about it someday. When asked if he thinks he will ever have a normal life again, Shawn says, "At some point, yes. We're hoping soon, though."
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FROM: Exclusive: Miracle in Missouri
Published on January 18, 2007

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