Thursday, June 1, 2006

Samuel and Hobbes

I have always been a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Bill Watterson developed an instant classic with the creation of this comic strip.

This is the only comic that I ever went to any measure of effort to follow. I think that I own all of the books, so I am pretty sure that I have the entire collection. I have kept the books in my classroom every year, and most of the time I have been willing to share them with my students.

A couple of weeks ago my son found one of these books.

I read a couple of them to him that I thought that he might find funny. He really enjoyed them and asked if he could borrow the book. I told him that was absolutely fine, partly because I thought that it was neat that my son was enjoying the same comics that I had enjoyed.

I could remember this one time, when I was a kid, that I found this really old Charlie Brown comic book. The book was pretty ancient, with old worn pages that were starting to look brittle and brown. I didn't care though, I read through the whole thing during one Thanksgiving day meal at a relatives house. I was remembering that event as I was watching my son through my rear-view mirror, reading through this comic book while we were on our way home.

He has now read completely through two of the books, and I am getting ready to go back up to the school to pick up some stuff, and I know I better come back with another of those comics.

I can't wait to show it to him.

That is one of the greatest joys as a father is to give your sons something that they enjoy. Especially when those are the same things that we have enjoyed.


  1. There's not too many things more satisfying than seeing your kids enjoy the things that make your own heart sing.

    I guess it's a bit like that with us and God. It must bring him great pleasure when we turn our hearts and minds towards the things he considers important.

  2. Very true.

    I was thinking about that as I was typing this post.


  3. That cool! Such a classic, Iknow it was fun when I started reading some of my mom's old books, 'cause I could talk about them with her and she'd remember them so well

  4. hey, how's it goin'? i got the firefox browser, i love it. when r u guys gonna visit?? :( catch ya later

  5. Mmmmm. I know just what you mean. I'm a reader and I've read about every children's book there is. I've had such a terrific time sharing those same books with my 10 year old who also eats books up. Now we read the new children's fiction together -Series of Unfortunate Events, Artemis Fowl, etc. It feels wonderful to share one of your personal joys with your child.

    HR Mommy


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