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No, not that Calvin. Not the 16th century theological reformer.

No this Calvin is the one in need of reform.


Yes, that’s the Calvin I’m talking about.

He defies authority and is addicted to television and Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs cereal.

He eschews formal education for the experiential kind.

He borders on the brink of existential drama, and occasionally chooses to dive into the deep end of that psychic pool.

Oh, and to top it off his best friend is a tiger, a stuffed animal that exhibits just a bit more moral certitude than his “owner”.

Oddly enough, as “isms” go, this brand of Calvin-ism I can get behind. Calvin recognizes the absurdity of the adult world, and in confronting this absurdity he not only depicts an alternate reality but profoundly reflects that absurdity back to its creators.

Much to their chagrin, anyone who comes face to face with Calvin-ism must unfortunately accept it because he ain’t changing.

The best part of Calvin-ism, the super ultimate best-est part, is that if you don’t like the rules of the game — invent a new one. If the profound absurd nonsense of  the “adult” world plagues you create more absurd nonsense. Which actually evens everything out; the equation is balanced.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but Calvin restores order through chaos. Don’t tell him though, it will certainly go to his head.


Part of the Blogging From A to Z Challenge



Updated: April 17, 2017 — 4:55 pm


  1. I just love this! I am a big Calvin and Hobbes fan and I am looking forward to your AtoZchallange post daily!

    1. Thanks Katy and I am heading over to read your post as well.

  2. Calvin’s wisdom has certainly saved me from chaos a time or two.

    1. He is certainly a wise sage whose insight might save us all from ourselves… Or, not. Thanks for reading.

  3. Such a cute, and true post! The school one really resonates with me.

    1. We’ve pretty much all felt like that haven’t we. Glad you liked it.

  4. This was such a fun post .I love CALVIN too.Wish I could say some ofd the things he does.

    1. We’d never get away with it would we. Thanks Amrita.

  5. Keep writing about Calvin and Hobbes, please. I honestly love this 🙂

    To this day, when my kid asks for tv, that prayer goes through my head “oh great altar of passive entertainment…”. I’ve said it out loud a few times, only to have him look at me like I have lobsters coming out of my ears, but I know he’s secretly saying it in his head, even if it’s not in words.

    1. Thanks Tony. Working through the alphabet for the Calvin posts so be sure to check them out. Appreciate the comments.

  6. Haha! We have a dog named Calvin. Sometimes he sends me into the deep end of the psychic pool!

    1. Great name for a dog. I think if you spend any time with a dog you can see their inner wisdom, a wisdom that makes us humans look stupid.

  7. Calvin & Hobbes is one of my all-time favorite comic strips. I’ve got the leather bound collection in my library, and I really miss that boy and his tiger.

    I see they’ve been doing a mach up with Bloom County lately, another of my faves. Just add The Far Side, and I’d be in Heaven!

    1. No way! You need to email a photo of that bad boy. Bloom County was another of my favorites. I did a post about Opus not that long ago…

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