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A Kind Lady Lives Here


Cynthia:  This cat symbol is hobo code for “a kind lady lives here”. During the Great Depression itinerant workers would put codes on the side of homes and businesses to let other hobos know what to expect – a meal, a temp job, hostile police, a vicious dog.

Hobo Code for A Kind Lady Lives Here

Marcy:  What’s the sign for a vicious cat lives here?

Cynthia:  It’s not about the cat, Marcy. It means a kindly lady lives here and will help you out.

Marcy:  I’m not helping anyone out.

Cynthia:  Marcy!

Marcy:  I already have to share the sunspots and Friskies.

Cynthia:  Oh, you are so deprived.

Marcy grumpily swishes her tail back and forth.

Cynthia:  Anyway, what I just wanted to say was that I think it is sweet that a cat would be the symbol for a kind and generous person.

Hobo Code for A Kind Lady Lives Here

Marcy:  That’s it?

Cynthia:  Yes.

Marcy:  That’s your brilliant analysis?

Cynthia:  Why are you so grumpy?

Marcy:  I don’t like thinking about my hobo days. It makes me mad. People are mean to hobos. Especially cat hobos.

Cynthia:  Ah… I’m sorry… I didn’t mean to bring up bad memories.

Marcy:  All we want is some food and a comfy, safe place to sleep. But when you’re a hobo you look dirty and smell bad and no one is nice.  It makes me sad.

Cynthia:  Me too.

Marcy:  I’d rather be a French Princess. Even if it’s only pretend. No one can be mean to a French Princess. We’ll chop off their head.