The Sherman’s Lagoon cartoon has been on a mortality streak this week. It began on Monday, with great white shark Sherman talking to Hawthorne the hermit crab. He’s talking about a contemporary who is dead.
Sherman says, “Did you hear about Vince?” “No. What?” says Hawthorne. “Gone. Dead. Kaput.” says Sherman. “Wow. And he was one of our classmates.” says Hawthorne.
“Yeah. Makes you ponder your own mortality,” says Sherman. “So, how’d he go? Heart attack?” asks Hawthorne. “I ate him,” admits Sherman (the white shark).
On Tuesday, Sherman has a conversation with his wife Megan. He says, “Vince’s death has really rattled me.” “I can tell,” says Megan. Sherman says, “I mean, what have I done with MY life?”
“You married me and we have a beautiful child,” says Megan. “But I mean, like, fun stuff,” says Sherman. “Prepare the sofa,” says Megan.
On Wednesday, Sherman ponders a bucket list with his pal Fillmore the sea turtle. Sherman says, “I’m afraid I’m going to die before I do all the things I want to do in my life.” “Then make a bucket list. Here, I’ll help,” says Fillmore. “Now, what do you want to do before you die?” “Let’s see… Eat a fried tarantula,” says Sherman.
“That will probably be just moments before you die,” says Fillmore. “You’re right. Let’s put that one last,” says Sherman.
On Thursday, Sherman shares his bucket list with Fillmore. “Okay, I’ve made my bucket list.” “Okay, let’s hear it.”
Sherman says, “My first item is to ‘pay it forward.’ A random act of pure generosity.” He ponders this in the next panel, then adds, “I shall not eat you today.” “You’re going to blow right through these,” says Fillmore.
This Friday, Sherman kicks around some of the other goals on his bucket list. “Another one of my bucket list items is ‘learn a new language’,” says Sherman. “Admirable,” says Fillmore. “Spanish is nice, but French is the language of love. Chinese could be a shrewd choice, but I hear it’s difficult.”
“I’m thinking Klingon,” says Sherman. “I see. Going practical,” says Fillmore.