With year-round Peanuts specials airing on TV, the Peanuts gang is still teaching us life lessons after 70 years. This made me reminisce about my childhood love affair with Charlie Brown, dubbed America’s lovable loser. Despite his hairless, pumpkin-size head and a penchant for wearing zigzag shirts, Charlie Brown had me at “Good, grief!
Since 1950, that endearing blockhead taught me how to keep getting up when life knocks me down. Brilliant cartoonist Charles M. Schulz channeled his inner Charlie Brown in every comic strip, breathing life into an Everyman character that captured common struggles and imparted kick-ass insights.
From the classic holiday TV specials to the weekly Sunday comics, here are six life lessons I learned from that resilient, round-headed kid.