Those of us who are familiar with the good ol’ days of the Peanuts gang, all know too well who Lucy Van Pelt is. She is the sister of Linus, crushed on Schroeder (as she would have us believe) and tormentor of poor Charlie Brown (whom I suspect was her real crush why she tormented him so). Lucy Van Pelt was the member of the gang whom we loved to hate.
I’m sure none of us can forget the way she would always convince Charlie that she would hold the football steady and not pull it away. If Charlie did not believe her she would cry, threaten, stomp in anger, basically do whatever she had to in order to convince Charlie to believe her. Although Charlie’s gut would tell him not to trust her, he would give in either because her manipulating antics would make him feel guilty for not believing her or there was some tiny shred of hope that she really would hold the football still this. Sadly, we all know how that ended every time.
Poor Charlie would run with a smile, hoping this time she would keep her word and of course, at the very last second as he would kick, Lucy would remove the football and Charlie would land on his back with Lucy standing above him, her finger pointed while laughing and calling him a clod. He fell for it again!
A lot of us have a “Lucy” in our lives. That person who always gets a kick out of building us up with false hope only to pull the rug out from under us. It could be a family member, friend, co-worker or a love interest. It is up to us “Charlies” to wake up and stop chasing the proverbial football.
At some point no matter how much we love someone we have to walk away from those who harm us whether it is intentional or not. If you can’t love and protect yourself, who else will?
As much as we may love our “Lucy” for the few positive traits they may have, they are not worth the heartache later. Trust me! Let them go!
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