It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Each Halloween Linus sat in a pumpkin patch awaiting the Great Pumpkin to appear with presents, but it never showed up. It is said the Great Pumpkin only visits the most “sincere” pumpkin patches. I’m not sure about the difference in a “sincere” patch and an “insincere” one, but apparently there is.
The Mystery of the Great Pumpkin
While poor Linus never gets to see the Great Pumpkin, he does mistake several other objects—including Snoopy—for the hefty pumpkin. Linus concludes that the Great Pumpkin is less popular than Santa Claus because the bewhiskered gift giver has better publicity.
Never Discuss These Three Things
After much ridicule, Linus announces that there are three things he has learned in life: never to discuss religion, politics, or the Great Pumpkins
If you’re looking for “sincere” pumpkins, you can find plenty at the Kirkwood Farmer’s Market, where I got a trunk load recently.
There’s a verse by Thoreau that this photo reminds me of: “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Good thought.