“Love is…” A Valentine’s Playlist inspired by Charles M. Schultz

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Are you familiar with Love is Walking Hand in Hand by Charles M. Schultz?

This is one of my favorite books of all time. No joke. When I was a child, I used to carry it everywhere I went. Even into my teens, that book was always with me.

It’s definitely not what you would expect to see a child carrying around but it just spoke to me in the way that only Charles M. Schultz can.

Printed on punk rock neon pink and orange pages, Charles M. Schultz’s wacky yet poetically philosophical sense of humor presents a very real discernment of life. He just gets it.

Whether it’s joy, love, triumph, anticipation, dancing, singing, mailing a letter, sharing popcorn or walking in the rain, this book covers it all. Each page has a quip and classic Peanuts illustration that appeals to the core of what makes our hearts aflutter.

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I still own a copy of this book, which is now a vintage treasure I share with my daughter who, having been introduced to Peanuts through the movie, noticed the reference to the little girl with the red hair). In honor of Valentine’s Day, here are some videos – classic and new – celebrating all kinds of ways to feel (the) love, including a bit of Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown.

For a more in-depth look at Love is Walking Hand in Hand, check out Brain Pickings’ write up on it which features pages from the book.

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