The World as a Kite #writephoto

Photo by KL Caley

People watch us as if we are full of whimsy, a temple to childhood and carefree days.  Maybe, but after losing the first baseball game of the season and being charged a nickel to be ridiculed for my loss, I am now stuck here, wrapped by string around this evil kite-eating-tree!  Ah, Peanuts, I wish I was old enough to use proper swear words!

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This was written for the writephoto challenge that is run by KL Caley. She provided the photo at the top of the page and the key word, kites.

OK, I will write more, maybe much more about the story than the story length itself!! Of course a lot of the words came from the photo – The building looks like a temple and, to me, looks like what is called a “whimsy”. It appears to be early spring and there are kites in the air, though the people are surrounded by bare trees. And, as most of you know, the comic strip Peanuts follows Charlie Brown as he loses baseball game after baseball game, is harassed by many in his town, including Lucy, who charges 5 cents (a nickle) to “psychoanalyze” poor Charlie, which usually means she just has another way to make fun of him and charge him money at the same time. And then, to relax, he goes out and flies his kite, that almost always gets caught in the kite-eating-tree, as, on too many occasions, is Charlie. And some people think childhood is all fun and games! No, it is a dark dangerous business!

12 thoughts on “The World as a Kite #writephoto

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  3. Resa

    Interesting take. I like it….. and I adore Peanuts. Love Charlie Brown when I was a kid.
    My dad said I was the Pig Pen character, but I related more to Linus and Snoopy.
    This is fun, Trent!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      A few years back I read a couple of books about comics, cartooning and creating graphic novels and such and was almost surprised how everyone thought of Peanuts as the one of the most important strips ever. So I picked up a few books of early Peanuts, just to see, and i guess it stuck. (As a kid I read it religiously up until I was maybe 13).

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Part of it is the age, but part (for me, at least) is that in the mid-1970s the strip became less dark and “edgy” and more “cute” and Snoopy (a new, “cool” Snoopy). Even in the 70s, if you bought a Peanuts collection, the strips were almost always from the 50s and early 60s. I didn’t put it words then, I just “outgrew” the strip, but going back now and studying it, I find that Peanuts lost about 75% of the adult audience when he switched from dark to cute.

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  4. KL Caley

    Haha! Gosh I haven’t thought about Charlie Brown in years, brilliant story and connection Trent. Loved a bit of nostalgia. Thank you so much for joining in with this week’s #writephoto. KL <3

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      For some reason the first thing that came to mind with the word “kite” was poor Charlie Brown and the kite eating tree… I tried to make sure it was all there, but not in your face, so glad it worked :)

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