The Peanuts Gang was a big part of my childhood. They were one of my earliest obsessions with my allowance often spent on Peanuts comics and memorabilia. My love for them has never wavered and I credit Charles M. Schulz's creations with helping to foster my love for jazz, baseball and Woody Allen movies. Think about it. What is Charlie Brown if not a young, mid-Western Alvy Singer? Or, I suppose I should say, what is Alvy Singer if not an adult, North Eastern Charlie Brown?
I had always hoped that Lenny would love them, if not as much as I do (that's asking a lot) then I hoped she would at least enjoy them and find some pleasure in reading my old books and playing with my old toys.
This Summer, The Robeau took her to Canada's Wonderland where they saw what Lenny refers to as "Charlie Brown Musical". A performance I would, no doubt, loathe with every fibre of my being, featuring giant-headed foam rubber characters gesturing wildly to the prerecorded, oddly chosen songs. The purist in me would most certainly be cringing. But the thing is, she LOVES it. She talks about it constantly, she sings the songs (including Centerfield which makes a great party trick) and does the dances. It has proven to be a gateway drug of the very best kind.
In the last couple of weeks her imagination has really begun to soar and we spend many days not as "Lenny, Mommy and Daddy" but as "Sally, Lucy and Charlie Brown".
Lenny: Hi...my Lucy!
Me: Hi Len...
Lenny: I'm Sally!
Me: Sorry...Hi Sally.
Lenny: That's OK my Leeeeeeeeeeeeewceeeeee!!!! Playa FOOTBALL?!?!?!
Sometimes The Robeau is Charlie Brown and sometimes he is "Womp Womp", which is what she calls the off-screen adults in the TV specials. Oh, how I laughed and laughed at that one!
This is all too wonderful. My anticipation for our viewing of the Christmas Special is running on overdrive already. What should I make to snack on? Should we buy matching pyjamas? Just kidding. Of course we should buy matching pyjamas.
One of my favourite discoveries during this period is a totally bizarre and wonderful PSA featuring the Peanuts Gang that was produced for the American Dental Association in 1978. Thank you Youtube for your bounty and thank you child who screamed every time we tried to brush your teeth for driving me to the desperate point of googling "Charlie Brown Dentist". Watch it here. Or if you'd rather, here's a collection of screen caps from the video featuring what might possibly be some of my favourite moments on film. Ever. I will never tire of these, of Snoopy's human teeth or of Linus looking like he's auditioning for an Al Jolson biopic. Now, grab yourself a disclosing tablet and enjoy!