Not Ready For Reality

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

Where’s the boy?

He’s in that strange sculpture garden down near the lock by the river.

Oh.

He has his stuffed tiger laid out in front of him and he’s crying over it.

Oh.

Oh?  Is that it? 

Uhm…

That’s what I thought. So, Mr. Wiseguy, what did you say to him this time?

He asked what the stones were for.  He mentioned aliens or something.

Right.  And you said?

I told him that the sculpture garden was a graveyard.

That’s it?

To be more precise, I said that it was a cemetery for imaginary friends.

Oh.

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The first thing I thought was “Cemetery for Imaginary Friends”.  After that, this story came up.  However, Hobbes will live forever!!!

61 thoughts on “Not Ready For Reality

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      That dad can be very cruel…. I’m with you, though, imaginary friends live forever, particularly the imaginary friend I had in mind for this story. Thanks.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          That’s a hard one to answer since they are very different. C & H is just huge, huge in the imagination department. The social satire can be much more cutting. And occasionally, particularly in the 90s, the art was amazing.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, but Calvin will get over and him and Hobbes will soon be off on their next adventure. I do like how the Dad could get his goat, saying that people make babies from a kit bought at Sears, but Calvin was a blue light special, a lot cheaper and almost as good. Or the sun is the size of a dime. Those were always good ones.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Calvin and Hobbes was the best US cartoon ever. Nothing comes close. It stars 6-year-old Calvin and his imaginary friend, Hobbes. Hobbes looks like a stuffed toy when anyone else sees him, but Calvin sees him as a tiger. And Hobbes often did become his imaginary enemy ;) Yeah, a graveyard for imaginary friends might be bad, but I think in the end Calvin would think its cool and him and Hobbes would romp off and cause mischief someplace else.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yeah, he is just having a down moment and then will think, “Cool!” And as I said, in ways having stone markers gives Hobbes a lot of validity, creating reality from imagination.

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  1. Iain Kelly

    I’m trying to decide if he has done a nice thing by letting him think his imaginary friends have a resting place, or a mean thing by telling him they will all die. I like the idea though.

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  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Trent,

    Talk about a Buzz-kill. Even before I saw your footnote, my thoughts went to Calvin and Hobbes. Loved them. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS Thank you for the lovely review of PSKFM on Amazon. I hope you’re inspired to read the sequels. ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I’m someone who quotes Calvin and Hobbes at least once a week ;) So Calvin will get over his dad’s teasing and Hobbes will continue to be Hobbes.

      You’re welcome. I will try to get to the sequels some day.

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