We join the Van Pelts mid-conversation. Linus is typically earnest, Lucy atypically tolerant. “When I was your age, I was dumb too.”
I say the exact same thing whenever I read comments left by young True Blood fans on the Internet. So young, so hormonal, so hymen-having, so convinced in the utter rightness of their mere baby opinion. The joke of the strip is that Lucy is not so much older than Linus–and honestly, she is nowhere near as thoughtful–yet feels those mere few years have accorded her a weary wisdom he cannot yet even fathom. That understood, we can all take different things from works of art, and what I take from this strip is that certain age groups are not to be taken seriously, namely teenagers who fantasize about overhyped steroid monkeys who play characters surpassed by Dick, Jane and Spot for overall depth and development.
When I forget how dumb I was as a teen, I just read the poetry I wrote then. Masochistic, but helpful.