Charlie Brown is one of the literature’s great optimists. When Lucy holds the football for him to kick, he runs up and tries to kick it. Each time he lands flat on his back. And then he gets up and he tries again. Pained by so much heartache who does he seek out for advice? Yep, the physiatrist, played by ego bruising Lucy. Charlie Brown pitches from the ol’ pitchers mound and the baseball comes back with enough force to knock his clothes off. And one day – just you see – he’ll ask the little red-headed girl out, or at last say “hi” to her. In Love Is Walking Hand In Hand (1956), Charles M. Schulz invited his Peanuts gang to show us what love looks like. We’ll take a look at Lucy’s hankering for Shroeder in the next post. But for now, its all bout Good Old Charlie Brown, the boy for whom love is everything.
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