Running . . . Prompt #710

Running away or running to?

Have you ever wanted to run away?

Did you run away? Why? Where did you go?


Did you have an ancestor who “rode the rails?”

If you were to be a hobo, carrying all your belongings in a kerchief tied to a stick, what would you have in the sack?

Or maybe you would have a knapsack.

Research shows:

A female hobo is a boette.

A hobo is a migrant worker in the United States. 

Hoboes, tramps and bums are generally regarded as related, but distinct:

A hobo travels and is willing to work; a tramp travels, but avoids work if possible; and a bum neither travels nor works.

Be careful when you call a vagrant or homeless person a hobo — although this is exactly what the word means, it is a somewhat offensive term.

Why yes, perhaps I went down the rabbit hole with researching!

Thanks to Rebecca Evans for this “hobo with a kerchief on a stick” prompt idea. When she mentioned that in a conversation, I immediately saw the image of someone carrying a sack on a stick and thought “Great prompt!”

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