Micah was grinning ear-to-ear when he came and showed me the text a friend had sent him the day of Simon’s birthday party: “Hey does Simon have Calvin and Hobbes?”
The perfect gift, both for us and Simon. He didn’t know enough to be excited by it when he opened it, but it only took a few hours for him to discover the magic. By dinner time he was telling us his favorite lines so far, laughing so hard he could hardly get the words out. And then, long after we had put the boy to bed, we heard him bust out into laughter at random intervals.
Sometimes we ask him if he knows why it’s funny, and he doesn’t always have an answer. Sometimes he asks us to explain the joke and we do our best. And every now and then, he’ll come out of his room and say something like, “Calvin isn’t very smart.”