thank you mister rogers, you are missed

by Valli

Today would have been Mister Rogers 80th birthday. Mister Rogers was the host of the daytime kids show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” that I watched as a child in the 80s. They still show it on PBS to this day. It’s funny that I never realized how much I loved that show until I grew up. I connected with it because of the use of make believe and his message that I’m special. Even though I knew he was telling everybody that I still felt that he really meant it, he meant it for all of us.

If I happen to catch the show these days I’ll still watch it, but now I’ll tear up a little. There is a ton of a programming on TV these days for kids but none of them seem to be as sincere as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Forget about that annoying purple dinosaur with those freakishly happy kids. I don’t buy that for a minute. The messages in those shows aren’t going to stick with you for a lifetime.

And so today is “Won’t You Wear a Sweater” Day:

To celebrate what would have been the 80th birthday of Fred Rogers, better known as TV’s “Mister Rogers,” friends of Mr. Rogers, including David Newell (a.k.a. Mr. McFeely), have declared this Thursday “Sweater Day.” Applebee’s is joining in by asking all its guests and associates to wear a cardigan sweater Thursday to work, school or play.

One of my favorite songs from the show called “It’s You I Like” by Fred M. Rogers:

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair–
But it’s you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you–
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys–
They’re just beside you.

But it’s you I like–
Every part of you,
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself,
It’s you, it’s you I like.