“Deep and simple is far more essential than shallow and complex.”
-Fred McFeely Rogers
Hello and happy Thursday!
The flooring we’re installing this week is looking GREAT and I’m looking forward to sharing some photos of it in tomorrow’s blog post. Isn’t it fun to have new floors? Even Steevenson is excited. 🙂
In the meantime, have you heard about the new Mister Rogers documentary that’s out? It’s called Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Here’s the trailer if you haven’t already seen it:
I can remember watching Mister Rogers’ show as a child in the 70s, but I guess I was too young to understand and appreciate how passionate he was about helping kids cope with challenging or everyday situations and emotions. It was fun to “get to know him” by doing some online research today. I loved reading that he wanted everyone he encountered to know that they mattered and that it was the substance of a person that was so important to him. He lived in the belief that, as the book The Little Prince teaches, everything essential in a person is invisible to the eye.
Another neat thing I learned about him recently is that he wrote all the songs, all of the scripts, and he did almost all of the puppetry and puppet voices on the show.
I also watched some videos about him and gosh was I moved by this moment, when he appeared before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to request funds to help support the growth of national public television- a new concept at the time:
I was deeply touched by the sentiments he shared in this moment that he shared shortly after 9-11:
Here are some of my favorite quotes came across while learning more about him too:
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
“I could really cry through the tips of my fingers when I was a kid.” – Fred Rogers, on playing the piano when he felt sad as a child.
“I’ve always thought of myself as a neighbor, an uncle that came to visit, and that just said, “hey, let’s spend a half an hour together. I accept you exactly as you are. Let’s just have some time together.”
“I guess that’s the best thing about “things”. They remind you of people.” – Mister Rogers, on the sweaters his mom hand-knit for him to wear on the show.
I’d love to hear about your memories of Mister Rogers if you feel like sharing in the comment section below!
PS- I was excited to hear that Tom Hanks will play Mr. Rogers in a movie that will be released sometime late next year. It’s titled, “You Are My Friend” and the plot will focus, in part, on the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, who will be portrayed by Matthew Rhys. In a nutshell, the cynical journalist reluctantly takes an assignment to write a profile story about the cherished TV icon, and in the process, Junod’s perspective on life is changed forever.