No One Has All the Answers... (Well, except maybe Mr. Rogers!)
I love Mr. Rogers. He always talked to children with respect. Children were regularly introduced to people of different abilities, ethnicities, and professions.
Here’s his definition of love - “Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’ To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.” Mr. Rogers saw the good in every person and helped children believe in themselves. He thought children could show adults how to live love in the here and now. His profound insights of 20 years ago make even more sense today.
In the world today kids are exposed to world situations that are hard to explain and harder to witness. After 9/11, Mr. Rogers was saddened. But then he remembered that when he was a boy and saw scary things in the news his mom would tell him to, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” What a tangible thing to teach him! I love that advice and I love Mr. Rogers.
The DVD will be released on September 4. You can also read the Entertainment Weekly review of Won't You Be My Neighbor?