I don't know about you, but sometimes it's really hard for me not to get discouraged in the face of so much human suffering in the world at large. When I hear of the conditions of people in war-ravaged countries, the destruction of a place after a natural disaster, or the heart-wrenching lifestyles of so many children in abusive homes, it just makes me want to sit down and cry.
Dwelling too much on those types of problems, especially those which are beyond my control, is admittedly not the healthiest of habits. So, in an effort to find the humor in life, I'm pulling out my all-time favorite comic characters, Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson, the creator of precocious and prank-prone Calvin, is a genius. I love this comic, and I'm so sad Bill retired years ago. I have a few of his books, so periodically I'm going to be posting some of my favorites. They're especially funny to me now that I'm a mother, because (1) I can totally relate and (2) it's always funny when it's somebody else's kid. :-)
The text is a little hard to read...here's a translation:
"Look! I brought a sombrero! Now we can both be cool!"
"A Sombrero? Are you crazy?! Cool people don't wear sombreros! NOBODY wears sombreros!"
"What fun is it being cool if you can't wear a sombrero! ..... I'm back. See, I put on some Mickey Mouse pants. I'll be cool in these, boy. Just look at these big yellow buttons!"
"Mickey Mouse Pants?!? You don't look cool, you look like an idiot!"
"Hmph! Maybe I'm New Wave"
"Maybe you're just stupid."
It's a fine line, isn't it, between being a trendsetter and a fashion victim....
Mom: "Calvin! What on earth are you doing in the cookie jar without your clothes on?!?"
I love this kid's imagination! Never a dull moment at Calvin's house.