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Without imagination, Calvin would not be Calvin. And he certainly would not be able to lay waste and siege to the metropolis of his choice.


Without imagination Hobbes would not be Hobbes. He’d merely be fabric and fluff rather than the ferocious body guard Calvin needs him to be. 

Without imagination, snowmen would be nothing more than frozen water placed in some rough approximation of human shape. That is if your approximation of human shape is three spheres stacked one atop the other and arranged to block traffic…

… or frighten the neighbors.


Yup, imagination. Without it think of all the places we’d never get to visit and sights we’d never see. We’d be pretty bored without and, pretty boring as well.




Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge




Updated: April 11, 2017 — 7:58 am


  1. I blogged on the same thing today. Love Calvin and Hobbes. Find me here.LINK

    1. I wonder how many of us fell into the un-imaginative pit with the “I” word imagination. Still, it is a good word to work with nonetheless.

  2. The snowman house of horror. Now that would make the neighborhood interesting lol My hubby being the retired narcotics officer and all teehee
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    1. I’m certain it would liven (or deaden?) things up for sure.

  3. Without imagination, where would we be right now? Inventions take imagination. It’s an interesting topic and I’ve been exploring it this week, too.

    1. I will have to stop by and check out your thoughts on the subject. Thanks Jenn.

  4. I used to think I had none. and maybe mine’s not as technicolor as some.

    1. Regardless, we all have it. Trick is to exercise it without judging our imagination against other people’s.

  5. Imagination is one of the most powerful tools of wisdom and innovation. I try everyday to foster my kids’ imaginations…but for some black and white is how it has to be. So I say while the daughter everyone likes to tell me is “smarter” sees it how it is and why, while my other daughter, the one others label as “slower” sees what could be. They will see someday, they are both uniquely intelligent.

    1. Thank god for scientific stuff like the “multiple intelligences theory”. Otherwise we’d be stuck in a world where “slower” yet insightful and gifted people such as your daughter might not be allowed to show us possibility.

  6. I think this is one quality that gets harder to use as we get older—but yet it’s so needed!!

    1. Neurologists seem to think that we can be more creative, and learn more, as we get older but we have to set the stage for it.

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