(cont. again)>These subtle nuances in character are great to look into, but I just don’t see it being some hidden romance, but rather Charlie’s desire to be accepted by anyone, regardless of romantic intent.
I see where you're coming from, but I've also seen some anons on here ponder as to why Charlie Brown would actively push away from P.Patty and Marcie despite recognizing that some people in the world actually love him (strip being pic related). I've seen them speculate that given Charlie's clear recognition and continued "oblivious" behavior towards P.Patty/Marcie, that he's actually actively ignoring them because he's afraid of becoming anything more than what he's fundamentally used to being: ol' wishy-washy Charlie Brown. I don't think it's at all a stretch to suggest that he’d already figured out Peppermint Patty's feelings for him far before this point, thus spurring what would otherwise be considered meaningless and sudden disinterest.> I think it discredits Schulz’s confidence in writing his characters in a way that provokes a sense of unrequited love, one of which Charlie wants to ignore but also finds endearing, while also making him confused.
And that's ultimately what it comes down to. I think that, given that I've pieced enough evidence to internalize my interpretation, it makes sense to me. This Charlie Brown is what I've come to believe in, and that Charlie Brown, at least at one point, had a crush on Peppermint Patty.