I have recently been noticing a tendency on my part to pontificate on many things from my past, particularly when my daughter in law Manjiree, who has come into my life just two years ago, asks some innocuous question about something that triggers off either a nostalgic visit to the past or to something that used to be that no longer exists. The point is, that in both cases, her original question usually remains unanswered till I finish my soliloquy with the past and either remember it or she frustratedly asks it again.
I must make a conscious effort not to indulge in such pointless soliloquies. That is the moral that I have learnt from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip that I reproduce below.
And I am much older than Calvin’s father here. Incidentally, another pointless piece of information, in all the time that I have enjoyed Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin’s parents are never called by their names. Dad, Mom, Hon etc are the only terms used. Can someone correct me if I am wrong?
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Ha! I’ve been indulging in those soliloquies for years. In fact, my kids know some of them by heart and can recite them for me.
Watterson never revealed the named of Calvin’s parents. He said they functioned simply as Mom and Dad in Calvin’s world so their names were not important.
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Don’t give up on the soliloquies, just spare your daughter-in-law and share them here in your blog. Some people will be interested and others can easily skip them if they choose. At any rate, you will be sharing yourself with your friends.
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I shall follow your advice.
I know that Calvin and Hobbes are supposed to be named for a theologian and a philosopher, but am I the only one who sees a distinct link to christopher Robin and Tigger in Winnie the Pooh?
And why do we love childlike wonder and the fact that, unlike fairy tales that are supposed to help destroy fears, in the stories we really love, the wild tiggers are philosophical and stuffed.
As to your problem with your remembrances from the past, when a person is no longer with us, it is their long, sometime rambling stories that we think of with joy when we remember them. Give them something to remember you by in 20 years.
It had not occurred to me, but now that you point it out, I too see the link. Thank you.
i absolutely hated those escalators! I still, sometimes have trouble getting on/off modern ones…
a few weeks ago at my night group, I ended up entertaining my group with my years overseas – when I travelled with the then little known company Contiki – turned out that my best friend since the 1980s never even knew I had travelled that extensively through Europe,UK and the African contintent…
most of those memories are packed away, one day when I retire I willsort them out/scrapbook-wise…
As I write this, I have just posted about a visit by my cousin which will tell you how much the two of us enjoyed catching up with the past.
You pontificate? 😆 You have been doing so for all the years I have known you!!! Solve the problem by answering the question and then blogging the story!
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But of course I have been. And I think that I have richly deserved the sobriquet that Big John has given.
I think Mangiree likes hearing about your past. Otherwise she wouldn’t ask questions knowing you’re going to tell your past.
That she does BHB. She is very curious by nature.
Odd this, I never tired of older relatives doing this when I was younger. I was fascinated with the stories.
But then I wasn’t waiting around looking for an answer, yeah?
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One can look at your soliloquies as tapping into your wisdom you have accumulated over the years. Sure, older people are more prone to it than the younger ones, but they have more to recall and ponder on. I would indulge to my heart content in your situation. I also think that Manjiree is just keen on your comments and impatient to hear results of your thinking over the issue.
Thanks for crediting me with wisdom!
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