— Calvin. Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
Calvin and Hobbes is my all-time favourite comic strip. Bill Watterson’s stories of a small boy and his stuffed tiger resonated with many people, and the wisdom and sheer laugh-out-loud craziness of Calvin and Hobbes is much quoted. When Mich at Mishunderstood invited me to take part in 3 Days, 3 Quotes, I knew I wanted to draw all my quotes from Bill Watterson’s genius.
I almost never do nothing. Indeed I don’t usually even manage to do not-very-much-at-all. But I’m trying. Trying to make time to stop and enjoy stillness, emptiness, quiet.
A couple of weeks ago the boy-child and I got up extra early and drove north to the regional park at Wenderholm to photograph the sunrise. We were a bit late for the sunrise, and the tide was out, but we enjoyed the walk and the chance to have a whole beautiful beach to ourselves.
Afterwards, we drove on to Warkworth for breakfast, a walk along the river and a visit to the old quarry pictured above, which is now flooded and has become the local swimming spot in summer.
I don’t know if taking photos can still be counted as “doing nothing”, but on the basis that it was empowering to claim a few hours of peace and contemplation, and to share them with my son, I’m going to say they are in the spirit of Calvin’s wise words.
Part of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes process is to nominate three bloggers to carry the challenge forward. Knowing that most of us have very full lives, I’m going to ask instead that anyone who would like to take part do so — maybe by working a favourite quote into a post you’re planning anyway.