At Home With Sparky

I have been lucky these past few years. Though Sparky has been gone for many of them and the house we shared together for 20 years was lost in a fire in October 2017, I am grateful to have been able to live in the guest house which survived. Being able to spend time on the property I love, and where we lived together, has been comforting.

When I built the guest house, I had ceramic tiles printed with these comic strips, the size of comic strip panels, placed in the bathroom.

This Peanuts strip was first published on February 7, 1983.

This Peanuts strip was first published on February 14, 1985.

They now greet me every morning, and as I spend the four seconds required to read them, I smile and consider what Sparky would say about Snoopy. Snoopy’s lack of self-awareness about his own self-absorption means that, when he reaches out to his sweetheart with “sweet nothings,” they really are just words. It’s merely play-acting with no emotional content.

Well, I understand Snoopy lives in his own world, and that is ok with me. Most of us do, don’t we? But these strips keep me close to Sparky every day.

I have loved living with these strips so much that I decided to see if I could get similar ones made for the rebuild of my house.

So below, you can see the same strip, but in a different format in my soon-to-be-finished house.

I know I will love being surrounded by Sparky’s creations in my new home as I am at the Schulz Museum. It will be a place of reflection and creativity for which I am extremely grateful.

Jean Schulz

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