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Wednesday, August 30, 2006


I was having a long, funny I.M. conversation with Robert Parrish last night. Robert is a talented filmmaker and writer, and dad to two kids, one of whom has ASD. He is also a great guy, about to write a book that will probably be a big hit in the ASD community (full disclosure: he has asked me to write a piece of it; despite that, it will be a good book!)

So, I don’t know how it came up, but I told him that of all the cartoon characters in the world, I most closely identify with Lucy Van Pelt. Mostly because I love her unrestrained crabbiness and passion. To see her leaning wistfully on Schroeder’s piano reminds me of me, waiting around for Ned to finish with his computer. Of the Peanuts characters, here is how I see the rest of my family:
Ned– Schroeder
Max — Linus (compassionate, calm in the face of storms and utter stupidity surrounding him, even has a blue blankie and could probably pat birds on the head)
Nat — Woodstock (can’t really understand what he’s saying but you get the gist of it, he’s yellow-haired, and he flits in and flits out)

Benj — Calvin. That would make Max Hobbes.
Ben is also Nelson from the Simpsons (ha-ha!)

I am also Veronica Lodge + Betty Cooper. Betty because I’m warm-hearted, Veronica because I’m spoiled, demanding, and flirtatious.

I asked Ned who does he most closely identify with as a cartoon character; he agreed with being Schroeder, because of his focus on his keyboard, he’s blond, unflappable, and “there’s the whole Lucy-Schroeder dynamic. Can’t you just see Lucy saying, ‘when I bellydance, you should stop playing the piano!'” (Ned’s quote, not mine.) Blockhead.

So, readers, tell me which cartoon character are you, in the whole panoply of characters, the whole Hysteric Spectrum (not to be confused with Autistic Spectrum, which is not nearly as funny)?

Tell me who and tell me why.


I picture myself and my husband as Opal and Earl from Pickles. Maybe we are only in our 40’s, but it seems to fit attitude-wise.

Charlie seems like Hobbes, the tiger from Calvin and Hobbes. He is silent to everyone else, but to us we see this very intelligent, funny little guy, but we are the only ones to see him as he is.

We have a two year old who is definately Boo from Monsters Inc. and an 8 year old who seems like Linus. Except he doesn’t hold onto a blanket for security, he clutches an old Pokedex and carries it everywhere. Thanks for asking, this was fun.

By the way, Edith Bunker was my mother and John Wayne was my father. No wonder they would produce a cartoon character!

— added by Mom on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 8:15 am

Opus comes to mind but I can’t say why. Maybe because he always seems a bit perplexed by the world around him.

— added by Pete Lyons on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 8:28 am

Jan, you are lucky to have Boo! I remember when I felt like Benji was Boo! Boo has to be the cutest baby cartoon there is.

BTW, John Wayne is not a cartoon — or is he? 🙂 Excellent answers, thanks!

Pete – I think I see a little Opus in you, but you are a bit more wise than he.

— added by Susan Senator on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 11:32 am

Have you ever seen the comic strip Clear Blue Water? Check it out.

I am Arlo of Arlo and Janis. I am Amos in 9 Chickweed Lane.

— added by Someone Said on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 12:38 pm

Calvin’s Mom – she is always looking up with this exasperated “how in the world did I end up here…” look. Plus she loves Calvin even though…

— added by Anonymous on Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at 9:14 pm

Our family likes to read Winnie the Pooh. Jeremy is Winnie the Pooh, a bit adventurous and loves honey, well just food in general. I’m Piglet, a sidekide, a bit anxious about everything, but can overcome my anxiety to do stuff.

Vincent is Tigger – he’s always bouncing everywhere. Edda is Roo, the smallest one, best friend of Tigger.

— added by Doris on Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 1:19 am

Not really a typical cartoon, but I’m like Monica from Right down to bra size! 😛
Alena is definitey like the little Princess ant from A Bug’s Life.

— added by Jen on Thursday, August 31, 2006 at 12:02 pm

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