This one is just lovely since it shows us how children can develop a sudden passion for something new they discover. Usually the enthusiasm drops after a few disappointments – and they might come very quick. There are a bunch of strips which show Calvin’s lack of endurance. It’s a returning motive in Bill Watterson’s work.
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” Do you need nails pounded into anything? Name the surface, and I’ll fill it full of nails! Um, no… You sure? I’ve got the tools right here! Lots of nail sizes! I’d be happy to do it! No thanks, not today. OK, well, let me know when you cange your mind. Mm-hmm. Mom wanted a girl. I just know it. Did she want anything sawed? Calvin asks if Mom has anything she needs nails pounded into. Calvin says he has the tools and lots of nail sizes. She tells him no. He walks off asking her to let him know if she changes her mind. Calvin tells Hobbes that Mom wanted a girl. He just knows it.”