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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happiness is a Warm Puppy...and other things...

Okay, so back when I was little, I had open heart surgery.  I must have gotten every toy that was on the market.  I had every Weebles playset known to man and a good assortment of dolls.  I can remember my grandparents giving me a small/portable black and white tv for my room at home!  Something my kids would laugh at today.

But somewhere around that time I got a book called "Happiness is a Warm Puppy" by Charles Schultz, the creator of the Peanuts.  Now, I was a HUGE Peanuts fan.  My grandfather called me every time there was a Charlie Brown special on the TV and I have to tell you, that is something that makes me tear up to this day!  My kids never got to experience anything like that so Frank and I make a big deal when these specials come on and I probably blather on with the same "Grandpa used to call me" story until the boys want to throw something heavy at me!

Anyway, a couple of years ago I was sitting in this little ice cream shop that was here in the historic district.  There were many little rooms in it and they held parties and whatnot there but in each room there was a small bookshelf with an assortment of old books.  Lo and behold, what did I find but a copy of the old "Happiness is a Warm Puppy"!  I almost cried!!  I was there with a friend and she went to the owner and shared my story and the woman gave me the book!  I cherish that.  

So the other night I am out with the girls and we are in the Hallmark store in the mall and what do I see but a display of items from the "Happiness..." book!  I had no choice, friends, I HAD to buy the tiny little Snoopy!  He was the very first thing that I learned to draw when I was a little girl and I don't know why, but this tiny little stuffed animal just makes me happy.  

Now for something really snarky that makes me happy.  The post couldn't be too darn sweet, could it?  Okay, so I'm on Facebook the other night and someone sends me a picture of an ex-boyfriend of mine.  This is the guy who pretty much dragged me through the pits of hell with his selfishness and arrogance and I thank GOD every day that my mother stepped in when she did (even though I didn't appreciate it at the time) and forced me to not date him anymore.  But here's the funny thing, he was so cocky and arrogant about his looks.  He actually had a swagger.  His hair was his obsession.  Do you see where I'm heading with this?  Well, as of today he is BALD, not at all attractive, he's got some sort of Foo-Man-Chu mustache going on that looks ridiculous, he's on this third wife (who is much younger) and she is fatter than me.  

CLEARLY I am the winner in that breakup!!

Sure, it's petty and childish but you know what, THAT made me happy too!! 

8 comments:

A.Marie said...

OH! OH! OH! I had that book when I was younger...I loved it! I read it so much that the pages got all worn and tattered. I also had snoopy bed sheet with Linus and all the Gang. I know...I know...nerdy, but I did (and still do) love Snoopy!!! :)

Roo said...

Have you ever heard the song "Unanswered Prayers" by Garth Brooks? It relates very well to your story about the ex. Check it out!!!!

Rachele said...

Snoopy Rocks! I had two of them growing up...at the same time. I loved him so much I refused to give up the duplicate when I received him as a gift. You can NEVER have too many snoopies.

Childish (the boyfriend story) ? Yeah. Worth it? Definitely!

Christy said...

That is a wonderful story, I love it! And Snoopy is a classic for sure. We love the Charlie Brown specials, too!

Lin said...

Don't you love when karma takes hold and you are there to witness it??! I love it that he is bald. Hee! Hee!

LittlePeopleWealth said...

That is so sweet! I have never read that book.

Petula said...

What a sweet story. I love when we find those things that truly have meaning and happiness attached.

And about the stupid ex... {chuckle} what can I say? LOL!

TiLT said...

:) Petty & childish is okay sometimes :) It's when it's your way of life is when you gotta worry :P And that book...one of my faves as a kid.