I’m going to see my grandfather in a few weeks, he’ll be 90. He’s still alert and active. He lawn bowls, plays bridge, and does his own groceries. We thought he wouldn’t last much after my Nan died, but here he is, 4+ years later, threatening to never leave us ever.

I love it.

This piece of fan fiction about the final moments of Calvin’s life and the passing of Hobbes to the next generation has me thinking of my own grands and that day I was in the hospital watching my Nan die.

Her breath was heavy, we hoped for the best, expected the worst, and we each took turns spending a final moment with her. I expressed my fear and doubt for the life I had ahead and if I was doing it right.

“You’ll always be my number 1,” she whispered assuredly. Sure, I was her first grandchild, so I always took the ‘number 1’ title, but with that moment she exposed to me that I was also her favourite.

It gives me comfort, and still having my grandfather around knocking on 90’s door, makes me smile.

With that reflection, read this story by Sun Yu (aka u/SamuraiTiger19) about Calvin having one more talk with Hobbes to keep the imagination and story alive.

Calvin and Hobbes Grandchild - DadCAMP

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  1. Bob Wlton December 3, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Thanks, Buzz

  2. Akhil October 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    I am a 35 year old doctor with a five year old son. This still made me cry.
    Calvin’s exploits have helped me go through some tough times in life. If nothing else, he always makes me smile.
    Thanks Buzz.

  3. Gavin November 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    i’m 14 and i loved Calvin and Hobbes this made me cry but then again made me happy it was a awesome story thank you and one more thing is this story real or fan made? if its fan made then you did a awesome job on it.

  4. Chase Patterson January 5, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I’m twelve year old and still read Calvin and Hobbes, it means a lot to me to know that other people share the same passion for this funny and heartwarming series. I would like to complement whomever came up with this great short story, I love Calvin and Hobbes and hope others can find the same happiness when reading the series that I do.

    Thanks Bill Watterson for writing this legendary comic.
    Rest in peace…

    Chase Patterson-7th grader

  5. Harrisonn May 11, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Im a `6 year old named harruson kid this post madwe me realize ow much I lobbe the tiger, thissotrya made me wantto be abtiger so I can ahve nmy own calvin <3<3<3<3

  6. King Fred II July 30, 2023 at 2:21 am

    This was my Big Inspiration. I started a spin-off, slightly different from this story: Calvin isn’t dying but does give Hobbes to his grandson Francis. Francis gets the name wrong and makes it Hobbel (I didn’t want to risk having to end my series because of a copyright claim).
    I already had a living puppet that could play Francis, and a stuffed tiger. So there it was. “Francis and Hobbel” started! It’s been going for years already and it grew better and better.
    The url is superurl.nl/Francis_and_Hobbel

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