As children, we had several little Peanuts books, about 6" square, that we read over and over again until we practically had them memorized. We definitely wore them out. Last time I remember seeing them, they were quite tattered. We never missed the television specials that were on each holiday - my favorite to this day is the Charlie Brown Christmas special.
Anyway, of all the Peanuts Gang, Snoopy is my favorite. I just love his happy-go-lucky attitude. How he'd take crabby old Lucy's tirades, and then just lean in and giver her a big, slurpy dog kiss. He was so protective of Woodstock, holding that dog dish over him like an umbrella. I loved his imaginative nature - that whole make-believe world of the WWII fighter pilot. Wonderful! Wouldn't you agree that the cartoon above has happy-go-lucky written all over it?
(Here's a pic of one I found on ebay for $3. The copyright date on this one is 1963.)
I need to ask Mom if she still has any of those books we had as kids. I know she will remember them. I'll bet we got them as gifts in our Christmas stockings or our Easter baskets. She might remember that, too! I have to give my mom a lot of credit for creativity. When you have 5 kids in 6 years, I'm sure there were limits on what she and Dad could afford on gift-giving occasions. Easter was always special - hunting for those Easter baskets that she hid all around the house. What halcyon days they were.
I sure can digress, can't I? I just wanted to stop by today to wish everyone a Happy Easter! Let's remember, though, the real message of Easter has nothing to do with happy beagles, chocolate bunnies and baskets of eggs...