SHE SAID YES, Sparky! Peppermint Patty and I are engaged!

We went to Joe Shalabotnik's team's game. It was the best I ever saw Joe play. The game went into overtime, the bases were loaded and Joe was at bat. He swung and missed, he swung again and missed again. I sighed, "I just know he'll never hit it."

But then... the pitch came and Joe hit a grand slam clear into the stands. And Sparky, Peppermint Patty caught it and gave it to me. The only grand slam of Joe Shalabotnik's career and the ball is mine!

After the game we went to congratulate Joe, we had to wait awhile for him to wake up though, he had passed out just after finishing the game.

After that we headed out to the old vacant lot to play catch, then we went for a walk and sat under the tree we used to sit under when we were kids.

She took my hand and smiled at me, that was the moment I had been waiting for. I reached into my pocket and handed her the box with the ring in it.

Peppermint's eyes widened and I began my carefully prepared speech. "Peppermint Patty, you have always been your dad's precious gem and now you're mine too. I love you dearly. We've been a couple for years and friends for even longer. All our friends, including my little sister, are married and now it's our turn. Please, Peppermint Patty, marry me."

Peppermint opened the box and looked at the ring for a moment, then she looked at me with an expression I couldn't quite read. I was starting to panic when she spoke, "Oh Chuck, you don't have to ask, you're the only one I've ever loved, of course I'll marry you." Then she kissed me.

So here I am Sparky, an engaged man. I'll never be able to thank you enough for giving me Peppermint Patty.


Charles "Charlie" Brown.