Friday, October 29, 2010

A Charlie Brown World

"Are you watching?!" my son asks over the phone. "The Great Pumpkin is on! Hurry up, it's already started."

My granddaughters and I run to the livingroom.

"Hurry up, Grammy," Sydney yells as I try to find the station. "We're missing it!"

Another year and Linus is still sitting in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to bring toys. Ah, sweet, ageless Linus.

We love Halloween. The decorations were out two weeks ago. Pumpkins have been carved. As a family, we celebrate right along with Charlie Brown every year.

"Grammy, do we watch all of the Charlie Brown shows? Which person do you like the best? Why isn't Charlie Brown a cartoon show on every week? Can we watch all of the shows?" The girls questions came one right after the other.

My son loved Charlie Brown. James kept his legos in a small suitcase that his grandma gave to him. He also had a Snoopy stuffed toy. Now another generation was taken in and captured by this outcast boy and his wonderful circle of friends.

Charlie Brown characters are easy to relate to, to understand. We all have a little bit of Charlie Brown in us. Maybe we understand Linus with that inner strength hidden behind a blanket. Everyone has had a Lucy in their lives. I've known a few Schroeders. How often have I called a small child Pig Pen after a day of hard playing? Yes, we all live in a Charlie Brown world.

We have watched these shows for so many years that we know what is coming next. Sometimes we even repeat the lines along with the characters. After Halloween is over, we will wait for all of the characters to go with Charlie Brown to his grandmother's house for Thanksgiving. Best of all, we will check the listings early so we don't miss Linus telling the Christmas story and Charlie Brown's tree. We can relate because we understand.

I'm thrilled that the girls love these stories. These stories teach them about kindness. They help them to be more understanding of those who are different. In fact, they help to see personalities in these cartoon children who might remind them of someone in real life. Charles Shultz understood.

"Grammy, I can't find my cat tail." We leave Linus to wait in the pumpkin patch for another year starting our search for Sydney's cat tail. Linus (Gabby) is in bed. Mommy (Lucy) is tossing out questions as to who was wearing the tail when last seen. I'm Charlie Brown just trying to do the best I can.

I love living in a Charlie Brown world.


  1. I love this story. I especially like how you take a common experience - Charlie Brown cartoons - and link them not only to your grandchildren, but the greater human experience as well.

  2. Thank you, Ann. I love the lessons I learn from children....even those drawn by Charles Shultz.