I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you

It really has been a great day. I’m pretty sure summer is here. I’m really filled with joy!

Today at work, one of the student workers started telling me the rumors about Barney. He then broke into “true-isms” about Mister Rogers. Yes, of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He was going on about how Mister Rogers had sleeve tattoos, or how Mister Rogers hated kids. This really set some emotions in me. I think Mister Rogers’ was one of my very first best friends. I think I love Mister Rogers for a lot of reasons. In case you’re interested in knowing how good he really was: click here. It was really hard for me to listen to him. Later I was watching something feeding on one of our satellites. It was all about a new program based on the legacy of Mister Rogers. One of the ladies talking shared a story about Mister Rogers.

She had met him twice. The second time she was at the White house when Mister Rogers received his medal from then President George W. Bush. Just as they finished their greetings, they were interrupted by a security guard. The guard apologized for the interruption, he just had to say hello to one of his heroes, Mister Rogers. He went on to say that when he was growing up, Mister Rogers was the first adult who loved him just the was he was. Mister Rogers was the first adult to encourage him to learn, imagine, and be creative. The guard said thank you to Mister Rogers, then went back to his duty.

So let’s make the most of this beautiful day. Did you like Mister Rogers? Share your story about him with me.

I always loved watching his show. It showed me how things were made. I was free to make believe too. I don’t think I could move if my imagination wasn’t on all the time. Later in life I started reading the books he wrote. He always reminds me, it’s you I like.

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One thought on “I’ve always wanted to have a neighbor just like you

  1. This totally made me cry. I LOVE Mister Rogers! I faithfully watched his show and Sesame Street right before my nap. My dad always used to joke that he never changed his socks 🙂 I really think Mister Rogers was an angel and made a huge impact on millions of kids’ self-esteem. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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