Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Calvin and Hobbes
I love this cartoon. Bill Watterson wrote the strip with a wonderful mixture of pathos and humour, never overspilling into sentimentality.
We see the world through the eyes of 6-year-old Calvin, and his stuffed tiger Hobbes, who in Calvin's imagination comes to life, and comments with an arid sense of humour on Calvin's activities.
I recently came across this piece, describing Calvin at the end of his life being reunited with Hobbes for one last chat.
Calvin expressed regret that he grew up, and lost his childlike sense of wonder. We all grow up, and "put away childish things", but wouldn't it be great if we could somehow get that sense of wonder back?
To be able to see the world through a child's eyes again - imagine what we'd see.
Maybe we all need to re-discover our own Hobbes - even if only for a short while.