I hear you signed up to play softball at recess. Yeah, but I didn’t even want to. I just did it to stop getting teased. Well, sports are good for you. They teach teamwork and cooperation. You learn how to win graciously and accept defeat. It builds character. Every time I’ve built character, I’ve regretted it! I don’t WANT to learn teamwork! I don’t WANT to learn about winning and losing! Heck, I don’t even want to COMPETE! What’s wrong with just having fun by yourself, huh?! When you grow up, it’s not allowed. All the more reason I should do it NOW! Calvin’s Dad gets home from work and puts his jacket in a closet. He starts a conversation with Calvin on the sports sign up at school. He appreciates Calvin’s choice for soft ball saying it builds character. Calvin says he just did it so the other kids wouldn’t make fun of him. He doesn’t want to learn about winning or losing and other aspects of competition. He just wants to have fun. Calvin’s Dad says grown ups must not do that. Calvin sees it as an argument for his point of view.
Don’t you get it, Dad? Calvin doesn’t want to learn about team work, he doesn’t want to learn about winning and losing, he doesn’t want to compete…Calvin demands euphoria!