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Saturday Comic

Our cartoon for today follows up on last week’s one, where Red of Red and Rover has stepped on a bee. This cartoon appeared on August 4, 2004.

Red and Rover, August 4, 2004

Red and Rover, August 4, 2004

Would you say that going barefoot brings out the poetry in us?

 

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The Rule of Three

Barefooters sometimes wonder what they can do to help diminish the impact of those in society who make it difficult to go barefoot in public. Sometimes it seems like an impossible task — I hear suggestions for a horde of barefooters to descend on a location. The trouble with that is that barefooters are pretty scattered (and they also tend to be rather independent).

But I came across a blog entry yesterday that suggests it might not be quite that hopeless.

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Saturday Comic

Today’s comic again visits Red and Rover, a strip based in the 1960s when a lot of kids still went barefoot for the summer. This strip is from August 3rd of 2004. It uses another staple of going barefoot in the comics: the dreaded “stepping on a bee”.

Red and Rover, August 3, 2004

Red and Rover, August 3, 2004

Actually, I don’t think stepping on a bee would bother me—my soles are thick enough that I don’t think the stinger would penetrate far enough.

And for poor Red up there, by August I would think a long summer of going barefoot would have protected him, too.

 

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Irish Bare Feet

Earlier I talked about Scottish Bare Feet and how going barefoot was quite common, particularly among women and children, until about 150 years ago.

Things were similar over in Ireland.

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Saturday Comic

Here’s another comic from the old strip Grandma. I’ve noted before that the strip seems to have a bit of a negative take on bare feet. That’s much more obvious in this one, published on April 5, 1957.

Grandma, April 5, 1957

Grandma, April 5, 1957

On the other hand, I guess it could be read as recognizing the wisdom of her grandson. (I’m sure many of us have accidentally snuck up on people because we weren’t making the usual racket in shoes.)

 

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Saturday Comic

Here’s a strip from the comic Pickles. It’s drawn by Brian Crane and features a retired couple, and thus often addresses issues of getting older. But not always.

This strip was published on July 12, 2009 and has a slightly different look at the NSNSNS issue.

Pickles, July 12, 2009

Pickles, July 12, 2009

 

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