Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    It doesn’t get better when you grow up.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 2 years ago

    Yeah, if Calvin thinks his day is bad now, wait until he’s out in the working world. Then he’ll REALLY know what a bad day is!

  3. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, over 2 years ago

    Terribile cotidianum est, Calvine. [S.O.S., Calvin]. And
    leftwingpatriot is right.

  4. Flashold

    Flashold said, over 2 years ago

    When I was a kid , I wanted to grow up. Now I miss those happy days.

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago


    In a real sense it does. Most of the makework and nonsense of school is not present. The endless chores and makework at home is not present when you move out. There’s a satisfaction about earning one’s own living and making decisions that produce good results. You do things like maintenance or cleaning because they are necessary, not because someone else wants it done and doesn’t want to be bothered with it themselves. When you stop having to do the things that produce nothing of value, it’s freeing.
    I absolutely hated high school because most days each teacher would assign a couple of hours of homework and there simply weren’t enough hours to do it. And so it was a triage of which to get done and which to not get done. I know that approach frustrated some teachers but they never seemed to grasp the idea that there were only 24 hours in the day. Wasn’t going to stay up to 3 am just because high school teacher wanted to justify her/his job by assigning a lot of makework that was garbage then and garbage now. When I got to college and started duplicating coursework done in high school, I realized I should have gotten my GED at 16 and went immediately to community college. Two years less of pointless nonsense to deal with that way.
    When I graduated OIT, I suddenly had a lot of free time outside of work, despite working a 40 hour a week job. Each day suddenly wasn’t filled with endless work of one kind or another.
    We fill our kids’s lives with makework that will not teach them reading, writing, basic math skills, and so on. Makework is exactly that— it’s of little or no value except to prove to parents that the kids have homework. Chores that are necessary are good things. Chores just because the parent is lazy are not. Chores just to keep the kids busy is downright stupid because kids need downtime like adults do. Something either needs to be done or not. There is no value in continuing a task long after its completed.
    One of the hardest lessons and most useful lessons I learned in engineering was when something was good enough. If something is 99.9% good and will do the job right, there’s no point in multiplying the cost 1000% to making it 99,999% perfect. It becomes a pain in the behind and you don’t actually get something that is better in practical terms when it’s used because perfection is impossible.

  6. pshapley

    pshapley said, over 2 years ago

    You notice that even in this “realistic” C&H (no Hobbes, no dinosaurs or aliens, etc.), the food at dinner is still some lumpy green stuff?

  7. Dha Dha

    Dha Dha said, over 2 years ago

    all the best life…

  8. bluskies

    bluskies said, over 2 years ago

    Tell that to the engineer who designed “Galloping Gertie”; maybe it will make him feel better to know that the extra effort to make his bridge just a little bit better would have been pointless, since it would eventually fail anyway. Doesn’t everything? Then again, maybe he was never given “unnecessary” chores as a child to teach him how much every contribution he makes, no matter how small, benefits the society he lives in. One of a parent’s most difficult duties is teaching responsibility and consequence. There’s no such thing as a pointless chore- in fact, with children Calvin’s age the parent often has to redo the job given (later, of course,)

  9. LX013

    LX013 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    This “big” days are only to bear with Hobbes!

  10. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 2 years ago

    Back in the day, a young friend came complaining to be about her life and that she was going to run away from home.
    I advised her to stay in school as long as she could; stay out of the ‘mean, cruel world’ and let her parents confront the everyday problems of life before she had to do it all on her own. Seven years later, that same young person came and thanked me for my advice. She said she had graduated from college, had a good paying job and was ready now to confront the world.

  11. Reality,really?

    Reality,really? said, over 2 years ago

    May all my days be as simple as Calvin’s!

  12. Blackwolff9

    Blackwolff9 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Well,either the food is representative of Bill’s mom’s cooking when he was a kid,or he just didn’t do food well. Most artists have one thing they don’t do well.

  13. Stephen Treadwell

    Stephen Treadwell said, over 2 years ago

    They’re all problems Calvin brought on himself except the one w/ Moe.

  14. mkdonly1

    mkdonly1 said, over 2 years ago

    Makes me want to say “Poor little guy!” (But we know he’ll be up to his tricks tomorrow.)

  15. bluejeangirl

    bluejeangirl said, over 2 years ago

    Now I know why I am a night owl. Unfortunately I have a day job. :P

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