I agree. It’s apparent reading this that Calvin’s parents aren’t happy they had a child which explains a lot of things, like why he’s had to animate his stuffed toy into a best friend, in a very over the top way. There are many, many people who have children who aren’t really planned for, wanted, or loved for various reasons. We have close friends who wisely felt that they could not shoulder the responsibilities and so chose not to have children and we’ve told them that we applaud that very grown-up decision. My wife and I felt the other way and put everything we had into it and our now grown children are doing well in their lives, always knowing they’re loved and supported. If there’s a point to this comic strip it should be a warning to people that raising a child is a huge, full-time, never ending job and that the needs of a child are not manufactured or contrived and that as an adult you will have to give, and give, and give to meet those needs and if you’re not ready for that you might just tell all those inquisitve friends and relatives that you’re not going to bring children into the world just to please their expectations. Is there anyone reading this who would dispute that it’d be a much better world if all children were planned for, wanted, loved, respected, and had their real needs met? One more thing about children to those who are thinking about becoming parents; children are expensive, so you might want to have your financial house in order first. My own parents resented every dime I cost them, as if it came as a shock to them that children need things and cost money.