A Kid and His Tiger

By Beacon Staff

I grew up on “Calvin and Hobbes.” The comic strips, the books, the whole way of life.

I can’t wait to see the new documentary “Dear Mr. Watterson” (out this month in limited theaters, so we’ll probably have to wait for the DVD).

In the meantime, let’s revisit the Calvin ethos. Every problem you might have can be solved with a Calvin approach. Just remember to question authority, think big and keep your best friend by your side at all times.

Bullied by a meathead? Fight back with big words. Get punched anyway.

Tired of “building character” by cleaning the house, picking up after the dog and mowing the lawn? Just whine. A lot.

Fed up with football season? Try Calvinball. Combine every game you can think of, and make up the rules as you play.

Confused by dull acquaintances? Do everything in your power to baffle and annoy them. Specifically, ask lots of impossible questions and recite bizarre facts gleaned from watching nature shows.

Still grossed out by girls? Build a no-girls-allowed treehouse, and don’t let the neighbor girl rub your tiger’s belly.

Afraid of burglars or bogeymen? Throw your garbage on the front lawn to appease them.

Bored with meetings? Pretend you’re on another planet and your boss is an alien. Or keep your Stupendous Man costume in your desk and transform yourself into a masked superhero.

Presented with a crisp fall day, or a blanket of fresh snow and woods to explore? Enjoy it to the fullest.

A wide selection of books, music and films is available at the Flathead County Library System in Kalispell, Columbia Falls, Bigfork and Marion. For more information, visit www.flatheadcountylibrary.org.