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My grandpa had a sense of humor.
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Bommom

Oooooh, it is sad, but sometimes secret codes are necessary. For us, it's a natural; no learning curve for the oldsters.

Bill_I_Am

Or BOE break-in plans. ;-)

LarryTheCrashTestDummy

Oh goody! We have a secret code for communications when they lock us all up in the 'old folks home'. They'll never read our breakout plans!!! :^D

TrudyTai

I volunteer at a local food bank. The school next door sent over some 11 -12 year-olds to have the experience of volunteering. I wrote out instructions for them. Yep. You guessed it. They looked at me blankly and asked me to print. It IS sad.

Bommom

I think my grandson had handwriting instruction for maybe 40 minutes each day for a week. That was it. I'd write him notes and he couldn't read them. He told me if I wanted to keep a secret from him, I should write it in cursive handwriting. :-(

Plumpossum

Oh, Gayle, I have inherited some memorabilia from TAP and others, and Thomas's handwriting is, in my opinion, a work of art. When he was in grade school, students who fell short of perfection must have had their knuckles rapped. I will try to post some examples of TAP's handwriting.
I suspect that kids today are not taught much penmanship, and it takes no talent to push buttons on a smartphone.

Bommom

Cute! I can see where he's coming from.

Of greater note: Look at Grandpa's handwriting. It's beautiful! I'm sure there are zero kids in school today who can write as well. They also can't read handwriting. Too bad. It's a lost art.

Plumpossum

TrudyTai, no apologies needed. The kind of wry humor represented by this puzzle probably went out of style long ago. Now it seems that humor has to hit like a sledge hammer in order for some folks to appreciate it. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

TrudyTai

Thanks for the explanations, Plum and everyone! I get the humor now... sorry I was slow on the up-take.

Plumpossum

And thank YOU, Pat. You've got it just right! (New England features very prominently in my family history, by the way.)

patw

If you give this just a little thought, you can figure out that the son had been complaining to Dad about some of his critters harassing his rabbit. They obviously weren't hurting it and, therefore, Dad came back with these outlandish solutions to the problem which, as a New Englander (we tend to be a bit wry), I find very funny. Thanks, Plum!

Plumpossum

You are right about Grampa, dustydog. I never knew him, but if he was anything like his son, he was the gentlest of souls.

dustydog

A bit "warped". Probably thought of this when all the critters were chasing each other all over the house. But I doubt he ever actually did anything about it. (Grandpas might act grumpy, but inside, they were pretty nice.)
Dusty, who hopes!

Plumpossum

Tsk...

LarryTheCrashTestDummy

Oh, I know you Plum! Behind all those Tsk, Tsk, Tsks there a rather wickedly wry sense of humor! ;-D

flicka43

I showed this to my cat. He did not laugh.

Plumpossum

Thanks, Bill. I guess tastes in humor change over time, leaving some of us behind.

Bill_I_Am

And apparently he liked rabbits! Not at all like today's PC humor. Thanks, Plum!

Plumpossum

Larry, I'm glad you understood this for the jest it is.

Tincup

OMG! Glad they kept this little communication in the family... And glad to hear it was a joke.

Plumpossum

TrudyTai, grandpa was teasing my dad, his son; they both loved cats. This sketch is well over 100 years old.

LarryTheCrashTestDummy

Yes, I guess that he did! YOW! Best not let the ASPCA or PETA get wind of this - they might not understand that it's in jest!! ;-D Thanks, Plum!

JM_Cookie

What year was this?

TrudyTai

Certainly a "different" sense of humor. I don't see funny here at all. :-(

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