Not a Rip Off of C & H ;)


PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

Quit charging around the house!  If you have to run, go outside and play!

I don’t care if I told you to stay in when it rains.  Yes, I did say that you’d catch pneumonia and die.  But that was then, this is now.

You brought the wagon into the house!?!  That’s an outside toy!  Bring it out immediately.  No, not down the st…

Honey, you know that glass door at the bottom of the stairs?  Can you take a look?  I think it’s broken.

And call the police – when that boy comes inside, I may kill him…


(Yes, I should have stopped it after “I think it’s broken”, but I had enough words left over, so…. ;)   And of course I wasn’t ripping Calvin and Hobbes, no, not at all ;) )


Word count = 100

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57 thoughts on “Not a Rip Off of C & H ;)

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, in ways it is essential. The mother in the cartoon that influenced this story once said something like, “Being a parent is wanting to hug and strangle your kid at the same time.” Thanks.


  1. gahlearner

    This isn’t a rip-off, it is a documentary. :D I don’t have kids, but did know enough wild little kids in my time to understand. Great fun, and I love C&H, too.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think it is something that could occur in real life, and that, though I was pretty manageable compared to Calvin, it’s possible I could have done something similar…. No, I never broke anything as a kid, not me ;)

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  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Trent,

    And right outside the door is a horde of angry snowmen aiming their stick rifles at her, right? I always loved Calvin and Hobbes. I think my youngest son was Calvin Incarnate. Fun stuff.



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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Yes, a horde of angry, sort of sinister looking, snowmen are out there…. One of the saddest days of my life was when I read the Watterson was retiring from Calvin and Hobbes. Looking at the comments, it seems almost everyone raised a Calvin. Thanks :)


  3. Writing Sparkle

    I almost felt like I was reading a snippet from my life, haha. The only thing missing is that my boys would have rode it down the stairs and it would have been “call the ambulance I think I am having heart failure…”

    Loved it, great response to the prompt.

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