I prefer ‘Peanuts’ over popcorn

Now that Halloween is out of the way, we can now focus on the most wonderful time of the year — holiday movie season.

When you do without cable for almost a decade, you tend to get creative with your entertainment options and going to the movies is something I’ve been trying to do lately.

Being excited about any sort of movie is new to me.

It’s really hard for me to sit still for hours at a time and not be working on other tasks while I’m supposed to be engrossed in a film. It’s truly one of the biggest reasons why I never seem to find time to go.

I usually wait until a movie comes out on DVD to curl up on my own sofa with my puppy and my popcorn. Yet, even then, I find it hard to finish an entire flick.

I envy my girlfriend Jani who is a movie fanatic. Several times a year she’ll text me in the morning to see if I can sneak away to come join her at the movies while the kids are at school. I still get that “skipping school” feeling each time she asks and most of the time I have to pass since there’s too much to do.

Even at home, a movie has to have a gripping plot to tear me away from paying my bills online or folding laundry.

Which is why it’s such a big deal that I’m actually excited to go to the movies this weekend.

My favorite movie characters are back on the big screen for the first time in decades. In fact, I haven’t looked forward to a movie like this one since The Muppet Movie came out a few years back.

That’s right, I’m super excited to take Evan to see “The Peanuts Movie.”

My son goes to the movies all the time with his dad. They go to all the “dude” movies like Jurassic Park, Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They are really excited for this new Star Wars movie that’s coming out. I couldn’t tell the difference between a Storm Trooper from a Jedi Knight or whatever they are called. I’m just not dude enough for these kinds of movies. To each their own.

Just like I know the Charles M. Schulz cartoon isn’t for everybody. I personally love the down on your luck humor of Good Ol’ Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s larger than life adventures like hunting down the Red Baron. We all know a Charlie Brown in life, and a Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Little Red-Headed Girl or Schroeder and even a Pig Pen.

You see, the Peanuts characters and their comic strip has always had a special place in my heart because it is the comic strip that helped Evan learn to read when he was only 4- or 5 years-old.

I have always loved to read, yet I was not a huge fan of kids books when Evan was little. You can only read “Goodnight Moon” or “Thomas the Train goes to the Circus” so many times before you lose your mind.

Instead, I found a few 1970s paperback Peanut comic book novels at Goodwill and that’s what Evan and I would read together. In fact, I read Schulz’s biography around the same time. It made the comics a bit more interesting as I tried to literally read between the lines to connect what was going on in the Peanuts’ lives and Schulz’s own personal life.

To some it may be an odd choice for child reading material. Yet, I found the humor in witty barbs while Evan liked the pictures and simple dialogue between Snoopy and Woodstock and their adventures.

Fast forward to today, the same kid now gets in trouble for reading Big Nate or Harry Potter books during class and study hall. It’s a nice problem to have.

It’s been a real treat to see how much Evan enjoys reading, a joy I believe that began with the 50-cent vintage Peanuts comic books from the bargain shelves.

So, I’ve cleared my schedule to take Evan to finally see the whole gang for the first time in 3D this weekend.

But, I know I’ll always prefer Snoopy and Charlie Brown the old fashioned way — one square block at a time on thin, yellowing pages.


“Twin” Melanie Yingst appears weekly in the Troy Daily News. Lucy is her favorite, you blockhead!

“Twin” Melanie Yingst appears weekly in the Troy Daily News. Lucy is her favorite, you blockhead!

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