Not a bad message to grow up with.
He also taught me that I'd never go down the drain, and that was very good to know.
A few years ago, my F-R-I-E-N-D and I were discussing the decidedly un-Christian behaviors we had been observing in people touting the WWJD slogan on their person or their vehicle. We decided that perhaps we'd try to live by the credo WWMRD. He would be gentle. He would be kind. If he wronged someone - even unintentionally - he would apologize - not necessarily for the word or deed, if it was something he believed in - but for the hurt.
In a word, he would be civil.
Re-runs of Mr. Rogers were still on the air when my kiddles were small, but they were quite uninterested. Gentle seemed boring in comparison to the fast paced programming to which they were accustomed. I would still put it on, though, even though they paid no attention to it. I hoped some of the lessons that he imparted would seep in subconsciously. Plus, I liked watching the little segments where we would take a walk in the neighborhood, or consult Picture Picture to learn about how things are made. A little precursor to the Discovery Channel show by the same name - another good show, in my humble opinion.
I bet Mr. Rogers liked that phrase - in my humble opinion. A sense of humility is a good thing to have. Even outside The Neighborhood of Make-Believe.
Correct, as usual, King Friday.
But I've digressed.
The kids weren't interested.
It wasn't 'in your face'.
They liked 'in your face'.
Pink is 'in your face'.
She says good stuff, too.
I miss the gentleness - but I'll never tire of the sentiment.
Pretty, pretty please - don't you ever, ever feel - like you're less than fuckin' perfect.
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Hard to imagine Mr. Rogers saying the 'f' word. (I just, actually, DID try to imagine that. It was funny. I recommend it.)
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Well, neighbor, it's time for me to change my shoes and get on with the next portion of my day. Be gentle out there in the world today. Be gentle with your friends and be gentle with yourself. Because you are wonderful. Today. Without changing a thing.
Have a good day, friend.