September 03, 2006

I Love Lucy!

Making her debut in 1952, just two short years after the Peanuts comic strip first ran, Lucy Van Pelt burst into the popular daily, becoming the high-voltage catalyst to ignite the comedic fire under the lovable members of the original Peanuts gang. Lucy's take-charge attitude and annoying self-confidence immediately cast her as one of the favorite characters of the strip as well as an unlikely, but powerful, role model for men and women alike. To ardent fans of the strip, she is best loved for being bossy and for her charmingly crabby disposition that is solely her own.

Of all the Peanuts characters, I admit to identifying with Lucy the most. Here are some of the most memorable words the famous fussbudget has boldly uttered

This is a hard world to get along in. I feel sorry for all the new little babies.

It's hard for a critical person to go to sleep if she isn't allowed a brief word of criticism!

By the time I've grown up, we'll probably have a woman president. You know what that means, don't you? It means I won't get to be the first one. BOY, THAT MAKES ME MAD!!

I never made a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.

I'm worried about a little boy who sits in front of me at school. He cries every day. This afternoon I tried to help him. I whacked him one on the arm... There's nothing like a little physical pain to take your mind off emotional problems.

Can I help it if I have crabby genes?

I think you should work hard to improve your character, Charlie Brown. Once a child gets to be five years old, his character is pretty well established.

It's a scientific fact that girls are smarter than boys! And do you know who discovered it? WOMEN SCIENTISTS!

Each generation must be able to blame the previous generation for its problems. It doesn't solve anything, but it makes us all feel better.

Try not to have a good time . . . This is supposed to be educational.

I'm intrigued by this view you have on the purpose of life, Charlie Brown. You say we're put on this earth to make others happy? ... What are the others put here for?

I'm frustrated and inhibited, and no one understands me.

You can't drift along forever... you have to direct your thinking. For instance you have to decide whether you're going to be a liberal or a conservative. You have to take some sort of stand. You have to associate with some sort of cause.

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.

Have you ever seen an X-ray of a hiccup?

You think being average is enough, don't you? Well it isn't! What shape would the world be in today if everyone settled for being average?

People who prefer sunsets are dreamers! They always give up! They always look back instead of forward! I just might have known you weren't a sunrise person! Sunrisers are go-getters! They have ambition and drive! Give me a person who likes a sunrise every time! Yes, sir! I'm sorry Charlie Brown. If you prefer sunsets to sunrises, I can't take your case. You're hopeless!

We critical people are always being criticized!

I hate playing with a poor loser, but I can't stand playing with a good loser!

No one wants to turn my jump rope for me. They all say I'm too crabby. They say I complain too much. They say I complain when they turn it too fast and they say I complain when they turn it too slow. No one understands us crabby people!

Life is too short to waste it listening to some person who doesn't know when to shut up! Time is too valuable!

Gee. Do they still make wooden Christmas Trees?

What do you mean nobody's fault! It has to be somebody's fault! Somebody's got to take the blame! Find a scapegoat!

No matter how hard you try, you can't build a rainman.

Just remember, I can take anything that life throws at me! (A ball lands on her head.) That was a hit, not a throw!

You DO think I'm beautiful, don't you, Charlie Brown? [pause] You didn't answer me right away. You had to think about it first, didn't you? If you really had thought I was beautiful, you would've spoken right up. I know when I've been insulted. I KNOW WHEN I'VE BEEN INSULTED.

Happiness is a warm puppy.

Being crabby all day makes you hungry.

All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.


Maryanne Moll said...

Haha. I love Charlie Brown! There's this long movie where they went to France, and I loved it to pieces. There's also this movie where Charlie Brown discovers he is not snoopy's first owner, and the ending was just so easy and breezy that I was laughing for days.

I'm linking you to my blog, too!

Irene Tuazon said...

I'm happy you dropped by and flattered you linked my page to yours. Muchas gracias, Maryanne!

I've been reading some of your work and I am simply enamored. Can't wait to get hold of your books! c",)

Mimi Lenox said...

Irene.....Thank you so much for the comment on my blog and the link. I will certainly do the same. Now.....about Miss Lucy.
I love this post. It brought back so many memories. I'd forgotten how much I loved those characters as a child. I recently found a book in a thrift store copyrighted 1952 with all the original Peanuts comic strips. I gave it to my dad who used to read those everyday when I was growing up.
I credit my dad for giving me my wacky sense of humor. Maybe I should give some of the credit to Miss Lucy as well.
She was suuchhhhh a wise girl.

Irene Tuazon said...

Awwwww. It's great to know you're also a Peanuts fan, Mimi!

I don't think it is a coincidence that most of the witty, intelligent (and slightly crazy) women I come across love Lucy.

Good grief! c",)

Billy Mac said...

Irene..I accidently deleted your email address...I posted your critiuqe on the blog. I liked yours very much

Billy Mac

Billy Mac said...

Irene..I accidently deleted your email address...I posted your critiuqe on the blog. I liked yours very much

Billy Mac

Irene Tuazon said...

Wonderful! Thanks for inspiring me to keep on with my writing, Billy Mac. I really appreciate it! c",)