It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

“Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe”……..Voltaire

I stumbled over this Inspirational Quote, and I began to think about what it means to me. Basically, I’m a kid at heart.  I don’t use the word old when asked how “young” I am.  I love cartoons, bubble gum and watching a sunset.  Simplicity is fabulous and laughter is contagious.  So with this inspiring saying I thought of Peanuts.  It’s that time of year when the Peanuts Gang get ready for Trick or Treat so here we go!



With autumn already in full swing, the kids back in school, the leaves changing color and winter just around the corner, do you know what this means?  Why of course, it means the Peanuts’ gang is preparing for Halloween, and Linus is still hoping that The Great Pumpkin might just show up this time around.  Despite Charlie Brown’s disbelief, Snoopy’s laughter, Patty’s assurance that the Great Pumpkin is a fake, and even his own sister Lucy’s violent threat to make her brother stop, Linus still writes his letter, still has the same challenges reaching the mailbox, and as usual using his trusty blanket to open the mailbox and placing that letter inside, he persists with faith as his only guide.   Linus has been writing his annual letter to the Great Pumpkin since 1966, and with each passing  year of belief, followed by disappointment,  he still continues showing up at that very same pumpkin patch every year in hopes that this is the year his faith and belief will finally prevail.

Linus goes to the Great Pumpkin Patch every year looking for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the patch. He’s gotta pick this one, the same one each year. He’s got to. Linus says “I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”  But every year, the Great Pumpkin fails to appear.  This never stops Linus from returning, as he has done for years.



Growing up, we always followed Peanuts and watched the specials on TV.  Though a fantasy, Peanuts always had a meaning and a moral behind each episode.  For me, it was all about faith and belief. Even cartoon characters had challenges, disappointments and failure, but somehow in the end, there was a lesson to be learned.  This lesson of faith and belief without proof comes in many forms.  One is religion and another is the Pumpkin Patch.  Guess I’m still a kid at heart and you know what—I like that!

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Juetta West

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