August 13, 2008

Won’t you be my neighbor?

Growing up, Fred Rogers was my best friend.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of television back when I was growing up in Queens (mostly because we didn’t own one for most of my childhood there) but whenever I did get the chance to watch TV, the show I undoubtedly wanted to watch was Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Fred Rogers taught me much more than just how to button up my cardigan. He was the perfect example of a courteous, polite, and cultured member of the community. He was an excellent role model for any child growing up, and I’m glad he was part of my childhood.

I didn’t say much about the man when he passed away five years ago, but Mister Rogers has kept inspiring all of us — not just children, but adults as well — since the first moment we first saw him on the screen until now, years after his death.

I recently found this video on Youtube and had to share it all with you.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Sometimes, we may forget that, but I’m glad that I had someone in my life like Fred Rogers to remind me.