Monday, July 9, 2018

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

Everyone loves nostalgia…or at least, I think they do. I believe most people have certain items, books, movies, shows, magazines, places, and even people that make them nostalgic from time to time. I feel that way quite a bit…and the older I get, the more it happens.

I’ll admit that I long for the days of my childhood when life was simpler, easier with less responsibility and more fun. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s was a great time. Sure we didn’t have all the cool gadgets we have today, but you know what, that was okay. I miss those days…more often than not. I try not to live or dwell on the past, especially not the regrets. However, I do like to relive certain elements of my youth and that is especially true around fall and Halloween.

So, where am I going with this? Well, growing up there were lots of traditions in my house that my mother thankfully kept going throughout the years. One such tradition was watching the beloved 1966 “Peanuts” television special “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”.  When October rolled around each year I would scour through the weekly TV guide (remember those?) trying to find when that marvelous show was going to come on. I just had to watch it each year. It wasn’t the Halloween season without it.

I had to see Snoopy, the World War I flying ace, take on the Red Baron for air supremacy. I had to see Charlie Brown get skunked by that mean’ol Lucy trying to kick the football time and time again. And I had to see if the Great Pumpkin would rise from the pumpkin patch to bring gifts to all the good girls and boys. One of my favorite scenes was Lucy bobbing for apples and coming up with an apple and Snoopy attached to it. “Baugh! My lips touched dog lips! Agh! Poison dog lips!
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Agh!” HA!!

I always felt bad for Charlie Brown during Trick-or-Treating though; I mean, why were all those mean adults giving him a rock instead of candy? Poor Charlie Brown.

Writing this though I can’t help but feel somewhat saddened by the fact that some traditions may come to an end at some point. I know that I will certainly watch “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” until the day I die, but sadly my kids are not interested in it much these days. Granted they are teenagers and have more on their minds than some old cartoon. I guess because I love it so much, I want them to love it. Perhaps someday when grand-kids come along, I can watch it with them. Perhaps it skips a generation and will live on with another. One can only hope.   

“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” is charming, lovable, fun, and will get you in the Halloween spirit. If you have never seen it before, I highly recommend you do. Sure it’s over 50 years old, sure it’s cheesy, sure it’s a cartoon, but it’s a classic. Give it a shot. You can bet I’ll be watching this fall.

Thank you to the late great Charles Schultz for bringing a wonderful cartoon, story and characters into my young life and into my adulthood.

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