Tuesday Tidbits: Childhood Everlasting

by Waterson

I started re-reading my Calvin and Hobbes books. If you have never heard of them, it is a comic strip created by Bill Waterson about a young boy and his stuffed tiger. There is no doubt in Calvin’s mind that Hobbes is real. As a reader, there is no doubt either.

Along with the shenanigans (i.e. trouble) they get into, there are deep philosophical conversations that you would not expect from a young child, much less a tiger. Calvin’s imagination paired with Hobbes’ practicality if the perfect balance between impulse and restraint—well maybe not perfect, as impulse wins out quite often.

It’s funny that a comic strip can go on for years, the characters never aging, and we don’t give it a second thought. Like The Simpsons, who’s children are still in elementary school after 30+ years. Not to mention Kerney, who has been there even longer. I suppose it’s like when we were young, growing up seemed so very far away.

I don’t read cartoons or cartoon strips very often anymore, but cartoons like The Far Side, Bloom County, and Calvin and Hobbes bring back memories of sitting with my sister, laughing so hard there were tears.

Thank you, Bill, Gary, and Berkeley.

Do you have any favorites?

-Leon


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and PicturesJourneys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.
www.linesbyleon.com

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Funny Fridays: When Does This Become That?

I started this a few weeks ago, so now I feel compelled to come up with something to amuse readers each week. As you may have noticed before in some of my earlier posts, I have an odd sense of humor, which borders on the surreal at times. If this is your first time here, go ahead, read some of my previous posts. We’ll wait.

(We won’t really wait. They can catch up.)

In my poetry book, I included a comic called, “When Does This Become That?” I have no clue what prompted me to come up with the idea, but it is a good example of what goes on in my head…

When Does This Become That?

I know what you are thinking. Either, “What the heck was that supposed to be?” or “Is there anymore of this hilarity” (see what I did there? No? I’ll give you a moment…)

To answer those questions: I really don’t know, and yes.

Happy Friday.

-Leon