I am a Peanuts cartoon fan. I have read all the books as my mom has saved them from when she was a kid. I like to learn from all sources and my take away regarding the Great Pumpkin story is this: Don't wait all night in the pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to appear.
He or she will not.
These larger than life luminaries are rarely seen in physical form, they prefer to be intuited, felt or sensed. LIke The Great Pumpkin, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus may pass right by you, leaving a faint scent of chocolate or cinnamon if you're focused, in their wake. So don't try to stay awake...in order to see them, you have to just know that they are there.
There are still those however, that insist on seeing proof, even though a gentler approach is more in order. So to appease those of the Lucy camp, and elate those of the Linus camp, I have decided to step in. I am seen above rehearsing to emerge from the Pumpkin patch. Of course I do not have my full Great Pumpkin costume on, as I don't want to blow my cover, but things are really moving along.
I am working with the top lighting and scenic designers and plan to make quite an appearance. I will emerge early enough in the evening that bed times will not be compromised and I will be whisked away in cloud of darkness before anyone has time to sleuth it out.
As I see it, I am helping to maintain the illusion and spirit of the holiday for those who are sensitive enough to believe in the Great Pumpkin, while providing the proof necessary to avoid any physical confrontations or disagreements. For all the good he/she does, we don't want to allow the doubters to squash this belief. (I know, pumpkins are in the Squash family but that is still not a reason to squash anything) As I see it, a little extra magic in one's day is a good thing. So bring on the Great Pumpkin. (cue music)