You gotta admire Calvin’s dad! He is trying to raise perhaps the world’s most precocious kid, and creative answers are one way he is practicing fathering! Unlike many of the portrayals in the media of dads these days, Calvin’s father isn’t a doofus or an incompetent.
It seems to me that Calvin’s dad is strategic. When Calvin asks his often quite difficult-to-answer questions, the dad doesn’t say, “Hmmm. I have no idea.” No, instead he creates an answer that teaches Calvin to be careful in blindly trusting someone else’s perspective. The dad is not just messing with Calvin for his own entertainment (although there is some of that). He’s assisting Calvin’s thinking, at times risking the wrath of Calvin’s mom.
C’mon, dads! Let’s get a bit creative in answering our kids’ questions! You just might have some fun in the process!