I'm currently in a Charlie Brown life cycle: two weeks in the valley of credit card fraud, virus (food poisoning?) vomiting, battling a mouse in the house, a deep clean and reorganization (thanks, ya darn mouse!) and the mid-summer throes of sibling spats.
Last Thursday I took the kids to see the Peanuts movie, and deeply related to Charlie Brown.
It isn't like things go monumentally wrong for him (no cancer or bankruptcy or abandonment or divorce), but he just never seems to get ahead. He keeps trying, but his kite crashes or he slips on a puddle or his little sister needs him so he helps instead of going his own way.
After the past two weeks, I wanted to pump my fist in the air to show solidarity with him.
I know my current Charlie Brown cycle will end, so I'm hanging on.
My favorite quote from the movie was when he said, "It's the courage to continue that counts." Amen, Charlie!