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Thanks Charlie Brown

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I grew up a Disney kid, but my wife grew up with Peanuts. The specials, the comic strips, the characters… They were a big part of her childhood.

I’ve passed on my love of Disney onto my kids and wife and she has also passed on her love of Peanuts to my kids and me. It’s a beautiful thing to share our childhood experiences with our children and to see them embrace the stories and characters that we hold so dear to our hearts.

Needless to see, when we heard there was going to be a new Peanuts movie coming out, my wife was ecstatic. Actually, we were all pretty excited, the movie looked like it was going to be something special.

And when I think about it, it really was something special…

We went to see the movie last week, the day it was released. We have a lovely 8 screen theater in our cute little city of Canby, and the theater was filled with children, parents, and grandparents of all ages.

It was beautiful. All ages. Families. Brothers and Sisters. Grandmas and Grandpas. Moms and Dads. It was the first time in a long time that I’d seen an audience with so many generations represented. What a lovely sight to see so many young and old, spending time together.The movie was truly wonderful. Beautiful animation.

Spot-on character voices. Timeless humor. But most importantly… The movie proudly delivered life lessons and reminders that are missing from most entertainment today.

Honesty. Compassion. Integrity. Hard Work.

Early in the movie, Charlie Brown selflessly sacrifices his own talent show act to support his little sister and give her the opportunity to shine. It was a great example of putting your family first.

Later in the movie, a mistake ends up bringing Charlie Brown lots of popularity and fame, but upon realizing it was a mistake, Charlie Brown gracefully declines the praise and gives credit to the appropriate person.

In another part of the movie, Charlie Brown worked hard to learn how to dance. He wanted to get better, so he put the time and the work in. He also wanted to do a great job on his partner book report, so again; he took the time and put the work in.

Throughout the movie, my guy Charlie Brown delivered time and time again. So many things would go wrong for the young boy, but he stayed true to who he was and the values he believed in.

You can’t help but love that type of person. Let’s all try to be that type of person.

As I reflect on the movie and my experience in the theater that evening, I’m reminded that we all need to be there for each other to inspire honesty, compassion, integrity, and hard work.

Let’s follow the example set by Charlie Brown and inspire each other to do the right thing, even when it seems like the more difficult path to follow.