What Pig-Pen from Peanuts Means to Me at Christmas


I wrote this in 2010 and I recycle it every year as this story means a lot to  me…


I can’t remember how old I was when I started watching Charlie Brown holiday programs. All I know is at age 65 I can still quote a lot of the text from the TV shows with tears in my eyes.

Charlie Brown reminds me of a lot of guys I walked through life with. They were not sure which road to take and then when they did; they still questioned it.

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Some people have compared me to Lucy although I think I am more of a Sally.  They said I was a ringer for Lucy because I will always be that girl with the makeshift help counter and instead of the 5 cents shingle, mine would would read ‘free’ on it.

I never tire of listening to people. If you have a problem; come to me and let’s talk about it. This was one reason why I chose not to be a social worker as I would have literally brought my job home.


Maybe some days I was a Peppermint Patty and kind of pushy and ridiculous. My favourite of all the Peanuts characters though was my beloved Pig-Pen.

Pig-Pen did not care if anyone brought him down because of his dirt and smell. He walked fiercely through life trailing the dirt behind him like a cloud. Pig-Pen was always his own man and I have always been my own woman.

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Pig-Pen taught me that:


It is okay if you just don’t smell right some days.

It is okay to sit around with dirty hair and pajamas too.

It is okay to be silent and okay to be not.

It is okay to not join a crowd.

It is okay to treat your home like a dust magnet sometimes.

It is okay to drag some of your perpetually messy past life around as long as it just becomes a pile of dust behind you.


He had a sense of pride and destiny which we should follow and was way smarter than Charlie Brown.


If you reach a point of no return like he did with his dirty hands; then just walk away and try something else. He didn’t stop trying to be clean even if it never really worked out.

Just like life.

Even if your life seems like a cartoon strip sometimes, never give up, as you just never know where that dust you are stepping in came from.

As Charlie Brown once said,

“Don’t think of it as dust. Just think of it as the dirt and dust of far-off lands blowing over here and settling on “Pig-Pen!” It staggers the imagination! He may be carrying the soil that was trod upon by Solomon or Genghis Khan!”


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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