Happiness is Being One of the Gang

eddie looking up

I know there are other Peanuts specials, aside from the one for Halloween called, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", but for me, that is the one that left an indelible memory. In order to explain why this one is so special, allow me to describe a scenario ...

It is late October and a little girl and her family are gathered around the television, waiting for the Charlie Brown special to begin. Half way through the program, one of the brothers notices something that everyone else in the room has yet to notice. He announces what he has spotted stating loudly, "Louise is crying". And it was true, the girl (me) was crying because what was happening in the show was just so sad.

I simply could not take the idea of the gentle sweet boy, Charlie Brown, going trick-or-treating with his friends, and at every single house, while the others received nice treats, the boy only got rocks put into his bag. Why were these grown-ups only giving him rocks? I didn't understand. Poor Charlie.

I still can't watch that show, though I think I'd be able to hold back my tears now. But the truth is, I love that I was a child who had such empathy that this scene would make me cry.

I remember, the next year that it was on, being tense and agitated about it all day long, even though I wanted to experience the treat of seeing the cartoon. Moments before it came on though, my mother sent me to another room. I felt I was being punished but now I know that she wanted to spare me the grief of seeing Charlie go door-to-door for his rocks.

Good grief, indeed, Charlie Brown. :'(

eddie no paws

eddie close up

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eddie asleep

eddie paw pads

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eddie on bed

eddie profile

Without knowing this story my sweet grandmother sent my sister and me each a Peanuts sheets and pillow-case for Christmas one year. I liked them (obviously, as I have held onto them) but truthfully there was a picture on the sheet which I totally did not like at all. That being the one where mean old Lucy is pulling the ball out just as Charlie is going to kick it, so he ends up falling on this back. And the image I liked best? That would be when Snoopy is sticking his tongue out at the bully.

See how Eddie doesn't seem to like Lucy either?!

eddie on charlie brown shee

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Happy Caturday =↑..↑=

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8 Responses to Happiness is Being One of the Gang

  1. Dip It Black says:

    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!
    What a sweetie your cat is!
    I actually have a dog (because of former allegies for cats),
    but there’s sitting a cat here constantly in front of our door,
    begging to get in and to be cuddled. Too cute! Love every
    animal, so this is making me really happy on an early sunday morning :)!

    Enjoy your sunday!


  2. ladyjustine says:

    Lovely Eddie. He is such a handsome boy. I love Charlie Brown as well. In fact, my Facebook photo is Lucy with her ‘The Doctor is In’ sign because I seem to have been giving out a lot of advice to a couple of people recently. My sister was more like Lucy, really. Really. She grew up nice though :) That is such a sweet, sad story about the rocks, though.

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Emma. I can see how you would hold the advising role. That whole part about Lucy and her booth is funny.

      • ladyjustine says:

        I need to start charging 5 cents for advice. I’d soon be rich. I have a set of Snoopy pens and a pencil case I bought from Snoopy World in Tokyo. It’s too cool! I was always Peppermint Patty though. My little brother was Linus, and my sister was Lucy. It’s funny what that tells you about us all!

  3. Vix says:

    Welcome back, Eddie! What a darling kitty. I loved Snoopy and Charlie Brown as a child and I often used to cry at the meanness, too. x

  4. shakti says:

    That picture of his sleeping face is so so precious!
    Want to know a secret? I’ve never seen ANY of the Charlie Brown specials. I think my mom thought he was dumb and that’s why we didn’t watch them.

    • Loulou says:

      Wow, is that right? I just remember seeing two of them, for Halloween and Christmas. Charlie Brown isn’t dumb though, he just has difficulty standing up for himself. I think you would like the Christmas special. I’m going to try to catch that one this year. Haven’t seen it for years. I remember at school we had a grand piano in the lobby of the residence I lived in, and a student used to come in regularly to practice, and he would play the theme song from it really well … it had a great theme song.

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