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Posted on 2003.27.02 at 08:03
How I feel about it all: sadsad
Soundtrack: "I Like to be Told" in my head
From Yahoo News by way of undone

Fred Rogers, Dead at 74.

I appreciated Mr. Rogers more as an adult than I did as a kid, I think. I used to settle down to watch when my kids did, and with several small children in the house a moment of peace was rare. I loved when he took us to factories to see how crayons and chewing gum were made, and brought us to the pool where he swam. I loved hearing him sing "I Like to Be Told", because even as an adult, the idea that someone cared enough to let someone know if something would hurt was comforting.

The puppets, although whimsical and educational, were the least reason why I liked the show. I liked Fred Rogers. I never got off on making fun of him, because I thought he was way too important to the world for mockery. Here's a guy who genuinely loved children. He stood up for them when nobody else would.

I remember a few years ago, I think it was at the Emmys or some other awards show, Mr. Rogers was given a lifetime achievement award. Instead of giving a lengthy speech, he asked everyone to close their eyes, and think about a deceased grownup who had made a difference in their lives when they were a child. These were celebrities, people like Madonna and such. I read that there wasn't a dry eye in the place. I had recently lost a family member, and that speech-that-wasn't-a-speech really hit home for me.

My favorite quote from Mr. Rogers: "We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It's easy to say 'It's not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.' Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes."

Fred Rogers saw the need and responded. I definitely consider him one of my heroes.


rakshi at 2003-02-27 09:17 (UTC) ()
Thank you for posting this. I cried when I read Undone's post. He helped me raise 3 kids and I watched while 2 grandkids absorbed his gentle wisdom. There are no others like him.

A great man is gone.

try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2003-02-27 09:44 (UTC) ()
He deserves everything I said about him, and a lot more. It's people like him, and like Jimmy Carter, that reassures me that there really are truly kind, beautiful, honest people in the world.

It's interesting to note that both Carter and Mr. Rogers are/were Christians. These are the people who live their faith, not just going around and spewing hatred in the name of God.
leithian at 2003-02-27 13:29 (UTC) ()
Lovely entry, dear. I am so very moved.

Oh, and a big "WORD" on your comments above regarding Christians. I'm one myself, and I've witnessed far too much that makes me grieve. We definitely need more people like Fred Rogers and Jimmy Carter.
queerasjohn at 2003-02-27 16:59 (UTC) ()
Thank you for that. And I, too, agree with the Christian comments.

*sniffs sadly*
One damn minute, Admiral.
trempnvt at 2003-02-27 19:18 (UTC) ()
I really like this post. It makes me feel all warm inside.
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dancingrain at 2003-02-28 04:51 (UTC) ()
That is one great quote.
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