Loving Linus…and His Blue Blanket

Dear Reader:

There is something so adorable about Linus and his security blue blanket that touches everyone… in their own insecure spots.

He first appeared on television in 1952 carrying his blue blanket but never spoke until 1954. He is, of course, Linus Van Pelt, Lucy’s younger brother. About this character…Charles Schulz explained:

The character’s creator, Charles Schulz, said:  “Linus, my serious side, is the house intellectual, bright, well-informed which, I suppose may contribute to his feelings of insecurity.”

Lee Mendelson, producer of the majority of the Peanuts television specials, has said that Linus is his favorite character: “He made sucking your thumb and holding a security blanket OK. I think he’s one of the most original fictional characters of all time—blending childish behavior with great wisdom.”

I was also drawn to Linus too, growing up, since I was a fellow blue blanket thumb sucker…my blue blanket was a blue satin pillow case that I took off each morning and dragged around with me all day…  then promptly put it back on my pillow at night. (*Mother finally bought a second blue satin pillow case that was not allowed to be removed… so there was at least a hint of  some clean hygiene while sleeping.)

As a grandmother today…I also have a ‘Linus Van Pelt’ a.k.a. Jakie. Bless his heart…he really tries to give up his blue ‘blankie’ called “night night.” He proudly told me… on our shared birthday last year… he was going to…but the pressures of kindergarten must have stunted his efforts…he is still desperately hanging on to the shredded rags of “night night” …Mandy expects it to have dissolved into nothingness every time she removes it from the washing machine. Still…it lives!

What has made my mind turn back to Linus, lately, is my favorite electric lap blue blanket… that has proven to be my saving grace this cold, wet winter so far.

When I got my electric bill last month…I shuddered…mainly because I had it set on 72 degrees (still felt cool in the house) and the bill was the highest yet…ever! I gulped and decided to try the 68 degrees… as suggested by the electric company.

(*Don’t you wonder if the top executives …who write these “suggestions”… for their electric utility companies… keep their own houses down that low on the thermostat? I ponder this in my mind…)

It’s probably because I have an old drafty house but still at 68 degrees I have to wear thick socks and “Yes your grandmother does wear combat boots” around the house… for my toes are frozen. I have to keep sitting on my hands to warm my fingers and stay buried in “Pinkie the robe” over whatever other layers of clothes I have on.

But still…I have remained cold. However…while rummaging through the hall closet recently…there it was…the answer to my freezing house…my sorta new blue lap electric blanket. I had already been using a heating pad in my recliner to help ward off the cold in the evenings but now I also plugged in the lap top blanket.

That first evening… I was getting skewered on the bottom and top simultaneously…and loving it! I do think I heard the “Hallelujah Chorus” singing….

It was the closest thing to a spiritual glimpse of heaven as I think I will ever get on earth.  It was really more of a spiritual feeling!*( It was definitely a different glimpse than John had in Revelations.:)

If that first moment…when I pass on to Glory…(fingers crossed) feels anything half as good as the combo heating pad and electric lap blanket…then all I’ve got to say is “Take me home Jesus!” 🙂

So until tomorrow…

Wishing everyone a warm-loving winter day!

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

My “Rock of Ages” Happy Recliner for Cold Nights

 

 

 

 

 

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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6 Responses to Loving Linus…and His Blue Blanket

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Such precious memories of the small thimgs that get us through times in life. Emmie still has her “Mousie” (not the original one Joy gave her as a baby) but she has one…Ellie has her blanket and Rutbie has her pillow case. As parents we worry about it…but as grandparents we just smile and know that ” all will be well. Glad that you have a warm spot. Someone gave me a plug in blanket for the car. It is wonderful…until you forget to unplug it and you find out you have a dead battery…Fred was trying to figure it out … but as soon as I saw it …I knew but I waited until he got the battery recharged before I confessed…

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Smart girl…never confess too soon…timing is everything in life…especially with security blankets…as a child or adult! 🙂

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  2. Lisa Register says:

    Your story is definitely relatable! I LOVE a great warm, cozy blanket. It creates comfort and security. My son, Will had a blue blanket, affectionately known as “BLUE” for years and it is pretty shredded at this point, but “Blue” still rests in Will’s closet…none of us could bear to throw him away 🙂 I will send you a picture! LOL

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Leaving behind security “anythings” as a child is hard…but we all do it and like you said…we also survive it and grow up intact…except now and then when we as adults wish we still had our security “something” from childhood. “:) I think you are right Lisa…I would rather see a child’s security blanket saved than another trophy that needs dusting.- more memories associated with it.

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  3. Beverly Dufford says:

    This story touched my heart and filled me with good memories as I’m sure it will do for so many who read it today. One of my girls we nicknamed Linus because of her attachment to her blanket. I still have it in the chest in my attic (not to mention so many other things. I suggested to the girls when I leave that the cheapest thing to do is rent a dumpster, cut a whole in the ceiling of the garage and let it qll fall in. It was probably a mistake to have an unfinished frog with regular stairs.)As for being cold, I have gone through periods in my life when I could run that temperature way down and be comfortable, now however, I do stay warm. My thinking is maybe it’s okay since I conserved energy for so many years. You know we can rationalize so many things and make ourselves feel better about it. Besides, I only use a tank of gas about every three months now. I rest my case.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      And what a case it is ….well-thought out…precise, relatable ..The judge rules in your favor….one tank of gas every three months ‘trumps” a full house filled with warmth and higher electric bills…plus the judge thinks Jo Dufford is the “bomb.” 🙂 Have a great day Jo!!!!! 🙂

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