Do you remember the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes?"
No, I don't think you can truly consider it a "Baby Boomer" comic strip. It wasn't around when we were kids like Family Circus, Beetle Bailey or Blondie. In fact, the comic strip didn't show up until November, 1985.
But, in a way, Calvin and Hobbes, forged a place in an important era of our Baby Boomer lives during a time when many of us were becoming adults and having families. I was 30 years old, newly married and blessed with a 5 year old son that exhibited most of the creative, mischievous and fanciful behaviors that Calvin was assembled from.
For the 10 years that Calvin and Hobbes was a leading syndicated comic strip, I considered it a primer for my fatherhood. I WAS the geeky, unsure Dad in glasses that was constantly struggling to stay one step ahead of his son's ingenuous and at times dangerous mind.
The other day I was rummaging through a box of my son's "stuff" that has been stored in our attic for the past 10 years and you know what? I came across a ratty and stained copy of the "Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes Treasury" that I had given him for his birthday back in the late 80's. I was drawn to read it once again.
My son and I WERE Calvin and his Dad. We shared so much of Bill Watterson's observations and flights of wild imagination it was scary.
In a funny way, as I looked back on some of those comics strips, I could pin point times and places in our lives that transpired around them.
The most disturbingly funny thing about reading these comics again was remembering the lessons I learned from them and most importantly the fundamental education I built from my relationship with my son. Many of these simple cartoon parables helped me stay one step ahead of my son.
So, as I sat in the garage the other day, I "dog-eared" 10 of my favorite Calvin and Hobbes "Life Lessons" that I wanted to share with my fellow Baby Boomers.
Obviously, there are hundreds more that should be re-read and savored. At the height of its popularity, Calvin and Hobbes was featured in over 2,400 newspapers worldwide.
And as a testament to it's staying power, as of January 2015, reruns of the strip still appear in newspapers and magazines in more than 50 countries.
It's no wonder that each of these strips below taught me a vital life lesson !!
Isn't life great !!
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