…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 20)

It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!!  It’s the World War I Flying Ace swooping in on his doghouse for a visit to Sun City Peachtree!!!

Snoopy— uh, World War I Flying Ace— must be taking a break from his battle against the Red Baron (real name Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthhofen).  He is probably exhausted, although he had just enough strength to call out, “Curse you, Red Baron!” as he often did following previous battles.

‘Ace has been fighting the Red Baron since October 10, 1965, when he first appeared in The Peanuts Gang comics.  He had a lot of ground support from his troops during his battles, beginning with Schroeder, who kept up morale by playing popular World War I songs on his toy piano.  Woodstock and his bird friends served as mechanics, ‘Ace’s sister, Belle, was a nurse for the troops, and their brother, Spike, served as a member of the infantry.  Marcie provided loyal support as the dashing pilot’s French lass.

During the Vietnam War, an American fighter squadron wanted to use Snoopy the World War I Flying Ace as their mascot, so they sought permission from Charles M. Schulz.  Since Schulz was a veteran himself, he granted approval.

Ultimately, Schulz had changed the focus of ‘Ace from the Red Baron-fighting pilot to battling love and loneliness.  As he confided to writer Rheta Grimsley Johnson in her 1988 book, Good Grief, “It reached a point where war just didn’t seem funny.



…AND, ANOTHER LITTLE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS (Act 9)

The moment I have been waiting for has arrived:  WOODSTOCK!

There was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to see that little bundle of yellow-feathered cuteness, so I dragged myself out of bed from my post second dose of Moderna- required nap and headed over to the bench.  I was rewarded with the sight of one of my favorite Peanuts Gang characters, Woodstock!  Poor thing; he was looking so confused on his painted rock.  I wonder what he saw that perplexed him so…

No worries, Woodstock, everything will be alright!  Snoopy to the rescue!

Maybe Woodstock’s confused about what type of bird he is, since nobody really knows.  One thing for sure—he doesn’t fly very well, even though his best pal, Snoopy, attempted to teach him how to fly, after the little fellow was abandoned by his mother.

Snoopy, is Woodstock’s “friend of friends,” as the little bird refers to his canine buddy.  Snoopy is the only one who understands Woodstock’s chirps, and they really seem to have a great understanding of one another.  Yes, they do have their squabbles; however, they always make up and hug in the end.

Woodstock, named after the 1969 music festival, may be wing-challenged; however, he is Snoopy’s very capable helicopter pilot.  He is also second-in-command of Snoopy’s Beagle Scouts hikes and is always up for an adventure.  Perhaps that is why he looks so alarmed; Snoopy has left for a hike without him!

Perhaps something happened to his worm.  Like most birds, worms were Woodstock’s favorite food—until he fell in love with one.  I’m not sure what became his favorite cuisine after that.

We’ll never know what Woodstock was thinking today; only Snoopy knows that.  One thing I know for sure, though, is that this little random act of cuteness made my day!