Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz received a bad medical report. He made a difficult decision. To stop providing his comic strip to newspapers in 75 countries. In three months, Charlie Brown and friends would be no more. At least, no more original cartoons. For the final strip, Schulz wrote an epitaph…but, that morning, as readers opened the Sunday paper…they also heard the news on the TV that Charles Schultz, by remarkable coincidence, had died during the night. The epitaph he wrote for the strip…became his own: It said in part:

"Dear Friends, I have been fortunate to draw Charlie Brown and his friends for almost 50 years. It has been the fulfillment of my childhood ambition. I have been grateful over the years for the loyalty of our editors and the wonderful support and love expressed to me by fans of the comic strip. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy... how can I ever forget them. Charles Schulz."

Charles Schulz’s message, after death, was a message to the living. That’s what godwinks are at times of sorrow. I once wrote this thought: “Godwinks are loving messages meant to reassure you that life is not a continuum but a circle, and that connections to loved ones are never lost.” Don’t forget to send along your Godwink Stories. We’d like to hear them.

I’m SQuire Rushnell. Good wishes and godwinks.

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