I cannot help but reposting the comic strip that, almost exactly a year ago, my sister shared with me and her friends and acquaintances to greet us this year 2016, almost ended now.
It was not a good year for her, and she left this world -magical or not- at midsummer. But reading again her comment on the posted strip (and the strip itself) right now makes me think on the “brand-new world … full of possibilities” she has entered and the “fresh clean start” she is doing in it.
She wrote on 31st December, past year:
“So, accept please my best wishes, and also this beautiful very last comic strip of Calvin & Hobbes (31st December 1995), by Bill Watterson, that expresses hope and “joie de vivre” in a masterly way.
I was eighteen — and down in the bottom of a deep well — when this cartoon reached my hands, and it caused me a great impression. Somehow, it helped me to react, and to trust again in myself and in people on this world. For me it was like a present of fate.”
“Of course, it will be a different thing for each of you, but anyway it won’t be a bad one :)”
“Have a Happy and Peaceful New Year! Hugs!“
I do not wish to become sentimental commenting her words; I don’t wish either to feel upset recalling, for more than some seconds, the extraordinary response (3 views and 1 comment!) that her sweet greeting received on her social network. I will only add that she is now truly in a Magical World and that all the rest of us stay marooned here in this not so Magical, scarcely Happy and not at all Peaceful one.
Most of the time I wish I was there with Ariel, exploring, but each of us have our own destiny, and mine did not include this wonderful possibility; thus I must get used to make my way by myself… However, being there, she is still here and wherever there is a person who cared for her -there remain few, but they were truly caring.
Now, this is the very last strip by Bill Watterson in his Calvin & Hobbes’ series; the final curtain for it; a masterpiece:
Happy New Year