I just heard that yesterday was Mr. Roger’s birthday. Like most people my age, Mr. Roger’s played a huge role in our childhood. My era was the first to have the portable gaming system (Gameboy) and Nickelodeon was popular which I also loved, but there was something extremely comforitng about Mr. Roger’s that made me continue to watch his program long after was it age appropriate. I didn’t realize until later that he wrote “Mr. Roger’s” episodes including the songs that he sang. Beyond his talent, he was a gentle soul that taught us that love and understanding are really the most important things in life. He deeply understood that by teaching children this early on that children grow up to be loving and compassionate adults.
Fred Roger’s reminded us to take time to soak in the beauty all around us and to appreciate the little things in life. He was a man who was soft spoken but the words he delivered were powerful and evoking. It’s sad for me to think that we don’t have a modern “Mr. Roger’s”. Sure there is Daniel Tiger which is really a spin off if you will of the Mr. Roger’s show; but what really made Mr. Roger’s show so great was really Fred himself. He was childlike in his mannerisms and found joy in the smallest of things like the rustling of fall leaves, singing silly songs or even feeding the fish. I think this is why he resonated so well with all audiences. Children related to him and adults were brought back to their youth to a time where things were slower and they noticed the small things. If there was anything that Mr. Roger’s taught me it was to appreciate everything. There will be stormy weather but remember without the rain, we wouldn’t have waterfalls. Happy belated birthday Mr. Roger’s.