Parents have a great responsibility to provide for their children during their formative years. That provisions, if done right, not only includes such things as food, clothing, and shelter, but teaching and molding them into responsible members of society. After finishing high school most young people either go on to college, or get a job. Many of those who become employed still live in their parents' home for a few more years. With the economy entering into its worse condition since the Great Depression of the 1930s many young people are still living in the parents of either the young man or his wife. This is especially true if neither of them are employed or their pay is insufficient to sustain their living in a home of their own.
Sometimes a husband and wife cannot have children naturally and chose to adopt one or more. They love for their adopted children is as great as others who love their natural children. Just the same, in either situation their children should be brought up learning to be responsible while in their parents household and prepared to take their place in society after getting out on their own. There are some children who do not develop mentally, or have emotional problems in which they are not capable of coping with life on their own. In such situations loving parents still look after them.
The expression: “I didn't take you to raise!” is often used in a kidding way. It is also purposely expressed as a mild manner of letting someone else know they need to pay their own way. Sometimes in eating out it is also called, “going Dutch,” meaning everyone, or every family eating together will pay for their own food.
In the 1930s during the Great Depression there were men who traveled through the country with no means of livelihood. They might offer to do chores around a home or a place of business for a meal. Others simply ask for a “hand-out,” not offering to do anything for it. Probably many of them simply couldn't find employment and hope to find a job somewhere. Nevertheless, two expressions were often used in referring to them, which were “bums” and “hobos.” Implying they were vagrants or tramps! A vagrant is a person who wanders around idly without any employment, or home. In some cities and towns a person might be arrested for being vagrant and unemployed. Now days their jails would probably be filled with many honest people who simply cannot find employment.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)