dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The sincerest pumpkin-patch....

Did you ever start something that somehow got away from you? Schulz did a long time ago and he never quite managed to figure out how it happened. What had happened was that one fine day, he'd remembered that when he was a child, he'd gotten something or other mixed up with a similar thing and thought "Wouldn't it be funny if one of my characters got his or her holidays mixed up?" It seems to me that he'd then thought a little further and said to himself "The two holidays would have to be close to each other but not too close to make it as believable a child-like misunderstanding as possible" and came up with the idea of getting Halloween and Christmas confused. His next step would be to figure out which of the cast to get his or her wires crossed. It couldn't be Charlie Brown because he already had the loser thing going for him, it couldn't be Lucy because she was covering the whole pointless malice thing and it couldn't be Schroeder because he was all about trying to get Beethoven's birthday declared a national holiday. He'd thus decided to have Linus start talking about how the Samta-analogue that he'd somehow invented owing to getting two similar concepts mixed up would deliver toys to the child with the sincerest pumpkin patch. Although the Blockhead made leaden wordplay about doctrinal disputes, it was clearly intended to be nothing more than a seven year old boy getting his holidays confused. The problem is, of course, that it got turned into a metaphor for faith despite Schulz's clear intention to have it stay being what he meant it to be. This is an occupational hazard of being a creator that he probably should have expected going in. He never quite understood why it happened and, as far as I know, never really reconciled himself to his little joke getting out of control but it happens a lot so he really didn't have much say in the matter.
Tags: the children of the void.

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