The Little Red-Headed Girl In All of Us

9 Nov

Everybody needs a little red-headed girl in their life … you could be the little red-headed girl in someone’s life even if you don’t have red hair.


I learned the wisdom of the red-headed girl by watching Charlie Brown, him and his whole Peanuts Gang threw down some serious heart-warming material for the soul.

I knew I would enjoy the movie and I knew my kids would love it, but I had no idea that there would be such a great life lesson accompanied by movie popcorn and juice boxes.

The Peanuts Gang becomes part of our family every holiday season beginning with The Great Pumpkin, Thanksgiving dinner, and ending with Christmas. So it was of no surprise that we hit the movies on opening weekend. We’re big Charlie Brown fans. We love underdogs around here. We rooted for him to catch that break, to succeed, to kick that football, to fly that kite. We wanted to high-five him when he had his moment and smiled knowing that it had happened.

But aside from having his moment of victory, he had something else in this movie. He had an A-Ha! moment because someone else believed in him. Now for the record we know that Snoopy and Linus always believed in him, they were always in his corner, they always wanted him to succeed and never thought of him as a Blockhead. They thought of him as Charlie Brown.

But this time … this time there was a girl … a little red-headed girl who gave him the butterflies and made his heart beat faster. This little red-headed girl saw things in him that he didn’t see in himself. All the things he perceived as mistakes, missed opportunities, or utmost social disasters turned out to be valuable qualities like compassion, honesty, goodness, and courage. This girl didn’t see what was wrong, she saw what was right.

And that’s he needed, that’s what we all we needed.That moment was so awesome i stopped eating my popcorn. I paused to see if my kids were paying attention. I turned to look, their eyes staring at the glow of the screen and the smiles were big.

We all need a little red-headed girl in our life and we need to be that little red-headed girl for somebody. We need people to look at our choices and not see the failure or embarrassment, but realize the value of our spirit. We need to have people see our potential and inspire us to reach it when we can’t see it ourselves.

I was grateful for the Charlie Brown lesson and I was even more thankful that my son and daughter got a chance to see it. They’re both capable of being the little red-headed girl, we all are, it’s in the spot where our heart rests.




9 Responses to “The Little Red-Headed Girl In All of Us”

  1. cravesadventure November 10, 2015 at 6:16 AM #

    Beautiful – Great Reminder – We all need a Great Cheerleader and Good Cheer in Our Lives πŸ™‚ Happy Day – Enjoy!

    • The Guat November 15, 2015 at 7:07 PM #

      I know right? I had forgot about that and this just hit me when it happened. I was like whoa! Dude! Totally having a moment there and it was such a cool reminder that I jut had to put it out there, sending good vibes out. πŸ™‚

      • cravesadventure November 16, 2015 at 5:53 AM #

        Here’s to Sending Good Vibes Out (((((HUGS)))) πŸ™‚

  2. Krystal November 10, 2015 at 9:38 PM #

    Aww, this is so great! I love the Charlie Brown comics and movies too. My parents have always had the running joke throughout my life that they are the real life Charlie Brown (my stepdad’s name is Chuck) and Violet Gray (my mom’s name is Violet). Haha! They grew up from the childish antics of The Peanuts world and got married. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see this new movie even more now after reading this…plus I love red hair! I always swoon over it whenever someone has it.

    • The Guat November 15, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

      Duuuuuuude it’s such a cooooool movie! You should definitely go with Chuck and Violet ha! But just like you I’ve always enjoyed Charlie Brown especially during the holidays. So glad you enjoyed my little A-ha moment it. Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

  3. Cayman Thorn November 11, 2015 at 7:04 PM #

    Hermana, you floor me with your thoughts. I love Charlie Brown, always have. And you’re absolutely right, there is some really poignant, beautiful stuff going on in the stories.

    Spirit is life. The rest is just details, really.

    Love the way you wrote this one, chica.

    • The Guat November 15, 2015 at 5:59 PM #

      Thanks so much bud, I always appreciate your thoughts. Charlie Brown totally rocked it and I was so glad my kids watched it. When that reveal happened I totally had an AHA moment in the theatre. I was like whoa…very cool. Made such an impression that I haaaaaad to write about it. Thanks for reading bud, always enjoy seeing you around here πŸ™‚

  4. Jackie Cangro November 12, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

    So sweet! I *heart* Peanuts also. I read somewhere years ago that the little red-headed girl was real. Charles Schultz, the Peanuts creator, had a little red-headed girl he was trying to impress when he was a boy.

    • The Guat November 15, 2015 at 7:02 PM #

      Holy Crap! I had no idea! Dude It just makes my A-ha moment that much more…just more! How great is that, a story of someone’s life hits you the right way, man. Very cool that this girl was real, maybe she was his pen pal. πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by buddy.

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