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Lessons in Laughter

08:55 am | Thursday, 30 July 2015

A curious 6-year old with an overactive imagination, a streak of sarcasm and thirst for adventure, and his stuffed tiger that comes alive and spouts worldly wisdom when they are alone, are perhaps the most loved BFFs in comic strip history. Hobbes could be Calvin's imaginary friend, maybe even his alter ego but they play, fight, laugh, throw tantrums and explore their way through life bonded like brothers. Ever since Bill Watterson created Calvin and Hobbes, the world has chuckled thoughtfully at their simple yet strikingly profound observations. A child's point of view and reactions to life shine the torch on truths that we live with every day. Introduce your child to Calvin and Hobbes (if you haven't already), and you will find yourself addicted too. 

The duo's celebrations of the little pleasures of childhood, wonderings about the usefulness of girls, search for aliens, phobia of math and banter with parents will resonate with your child. Their conversations on life are some of the best pieces. Chew on this - “Why isn’t my life like a situation comedy? Why don’t I have a bunch of friends with nothing better to do but drop by and instigate wacky adventures? Why aren’t my conversations peppered with spontaneous witticisms? Why don’t my friends demonstrate heartfelt concern for my well being when I have problems? …I gotta get my life some writers.”

The strip's awesome vocabulary will have kids rifling through the dictionary and their easy yet strong friendship will teach them valuable lessons without them even realising it. It is something you can read at any age and discover something new at every reading. Sample a few delightful nuggets below and you will know exactly what I mean.

“Childhood is short, maturity is forever.”

“Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.”

“Today for show and tell I’ve brought a tiny marvel of nature: a single snowflake. I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal… ..turns into an ordinary boring molecule of water just like every other one when you bring it in the classroom. And now. While the analogy sinks in. I’ll be leaving you drips and going outside.”

“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

I ‘d hate to have a kid like me!”

“Calvin’s Dad: The world isn’t fair, Calvin.
Calvin: I know, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor?”


“Hello Susie, this is Calvin. I lost our homework assignment. Can you tell me what we were supposed to read for tomorrow?”
“Are you sure you’re not calling for some other reason?”
“Why else would I call you?”
“Maybe you missed the melodious sound of my voice?”
“WHAT? Are you crazy? All I want is the STUPID assignment!”
“First say you missed the melodious sound of my voice.”
“THIS IS BLACKMAIL!”

- Supriya Kutty