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  •  I'm 70 (5+ / 0-)

    and while growing up in Oklahoma, we had people who called themselves "hobos". They were homeless and walked through the rural areas in our area of the state. As soon as we saw someone walking down the  dirt road, my mother sent me out to get him so she could feed the "hobo" a hot meal. It went that way all the way down our valley. She or my dad would always invite them to stay the night but no one ever did. We would see  their "beds" made out of limbs and leaves in the woods. I learned then to always help take care of others.

    I guess this wouldn't happen  in that neighborhood?

    If I wasn't Bob Dylan, I'd probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself. Bob Dylan

    by weezilgirl on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 04:10:41 PM PDT

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    •  My mother told me how some hobo's helped my (3+ / 0-)

      uncle when he was a young man.  He was mean to everyone, got so violent that my grandmother threw him out.  He was about 17 at the time.  He hopped a freight train, met up with some hobos who took him under their wing and made sure he got to Ohio (from Florida) to some relatives he had up there.  They talked to him, explained that he was a smart young man and needed to learn to get along with his family or he would be spending his life like them.  He listened, joined the Navy, straightened his life out, stopped being mean to his sisters and parents. She also told me a story about John D. Rockefeller.  My grandparents worked for him, my grandmother was a cook, grandfather a chaufer.  He treated his staff very well, my family loved him.  He also built alot of buildings in Northeastern Ohio, like librarys.  One building he built was a shelter for Hobos. He did it because a hobo gave him a good idea he used in his business, but he couldn't find the hobo to pay him for it, so he built the shelter to help all hobos.  I don't know if it is still there.  It would be interesting to find out.  

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        JG in MD

        People come into our lives at just the right time! I remember sitting on the steps and listening to stories about their travels.

        If I wasn't Bob Dylan, I'd probably think that Bob Dylan has a lot of answers myself. Bob Dylan

        by weezilgirl on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 10:41:15 PM PDT

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