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Thursday, October 21, 2004


Won't You Be My Neighbor?

I love watching Mister Rogers with my 3-year-old. The wisdom of Fred Rogers is not only good for young minds, but is also a healthy reminder to adults about how we should relate to others and feel about ourselves. We could all do with a little more neighborliness in our lives.

Some life lessons from The Neighborhood:

It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff.

The older I get, the more convinced I am that the space between communicating human beings can be hallowed ground.

Whatever we do to show our children we love them, nothing can replace times when we give them our complete attention.

To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now--and to go on caring even through times that may bring us pain.

The other thing I love about his TV show is when they visit factories to show how everyday products are made. Even at my age, I find this endlessly fascinating. Recently, Mr. Rogers and Mr. McFeely visited a paper bag manufacturer. Other visits have been to places that make graham crackers, apple juice, toy cars, backpacks, and, my favorite, toilets.

Check out The World According To Mister Rogers at Amazon for more bits of wisdom from a man who will never be matched.


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