You’ve been a good man for sixty-five years, Charlie Brown






The first Peanuts cartoon was published on this day in 1950.

When I was a child, I had no idea that the comic strip was already 15 years old.  I had a book with a collection of Peanuts cartoons.

Every year, Halloween was not complete without The Great Pumpkin, and Christmas had truly arrived when Linus recited the passage from The Gospel of Luke.

My family recognizes my fondness for all things Peanuts related.

I have a stuffed Snoopy toy that I got somewhere in my 40s.

My favorite Christmas music is the Vince Guaraldi Trio and the soundtrack from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

My favorite mug is yellow and black, just like Charlie Brown’s shirt.

And I loved working at Kings Dominion when the Peanuts characters arrived (the source of said mug).

There’s a simply beauty in the way the Peanuts comic strip was drawn.  And there’s great wisdom in the speech of those small children.

“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’.

Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.”

– Charles M. Schulz

See what I mean?

Peanuts and Charlie Brown bring me back to my childhood.

A time when things seemed simpler, even if they weren’t.

A time when the smallest of things, like a book of Peanuts cartoons, could mean so much.

Thank you, Charlie Brown.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

– Charles M. Schulz

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