A ‘Peanuts’ Mother’s Day special released on Apple TV+ today, titled “Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love,” features all the original characters from Charles M. Schulz’s classic comic strip which includes a subtle message that some kids have two moms.
The special focuses on Peppermint Patty’s character, whose mother died when she was young and is raised by her father.
“It’s the same every year. I’m having a good day, and then someone brings up Mother’s Day, and suddenly I’m reminded that I’m the only kid who doesn’t have a mom,” Peppermint Patty shares with her friend Marcie.
Marcie sympathizes with her friend, saying, “It must be difficult.”
“It really is, Marcie,” Peppermint Patty replies.
In a later conversation, Marcie tries to better understand why Peppermint Patty gets so upset over Mother’s Day.
“Maybe you miss what moms do,” Marcie suggests. “Like making your favorite cookies and putting a bandage on your finger when you have a cut and singing your favorite song?”
Peppermint Patty tells Marcie she doesn’t miss those things because her dad does “all that mom stuff” for her. “He’s the best,” she said.
“Marcie,” Peppermint Patty asks, “there are all types of moms, right?”
Marcie replies, “Of course. Foster kids have terrific moms. So do adopted kids. Some kids even have two moms.”
“Right,” Peppermint Patty exclaimed. “And even kids like me, with no mom, can have someone who acts like a mom. And all those moms deserve to be celebrated, don’t you think?”
After speaking to her friend, Peppermint Patty gets an idea for how to celebrate Mother’s Day. “It’s so simple,” she says. “All I have to do is get him one of those Mother’s Day gifts.”
Peppermint Patty struggles to find her dad something for Mother’s Day and gets angry at everyone else getting gifts for their moms. Another conversation with Marcie sparks the perfect idea, “We play baseball. He taught me all I know about football. We like to tell each other dumb jokes. The dumber they are, the more we laugh; he loves to hear me laugh. He says it reminds him of my mom.”
That’s when she realizes that spending the entire day with her dad is the perfect gift. “That sounds like the best Mother’s Day gift a father has ever had!” Marcie tells Peppermint Patty.
In a statement by Apple TV+, the streaming service explained that the special “is a sweet Mother’s Day celebration of friendship and family featuring the beloved Peanuts gang. While the other kids are excited to celebrate the special day, for Peppermint Patty it’s just a reminder that she didn’t grow up with a mom. With her good friend Marcie by her side, she soon realizes that real families come in all shapes and sizes, and that Mother’s Day is an opportunity to thank that special person in your life who means the most to you. Meanwhile, Snoopy and Woodstock embark on an epic adventure to find Woodstock’s long-lost mom.”
Mother’s Day is celebrated in America every year on the second Sunday in May while Father’s Day is celebrated every year on the third Sunday in June.