I, like many in our nation today, awoke with a deep sorrow and profound sadness surrounding me like a cloak.

Last night I found myself looking through FaceBook postings aimlessly, with no purpose in mind and I came upon something that gave me great solace…Mr. Rogers.

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American educator, Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, and television host

When I was growing up he was not part of my life but I grew to appreciate him as an adult.  He was of course known for his gentle and soft-spoken personality, and his direct conversations with his audiences. Initially trained as a minister, he became an icon of children’s entertainment and education, as well as a symbol of compassion, patience, and morality.

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood began airing in 1968 and ran for 895 episodes.  Each episode began the same way: Mister Rogers is seen coming home, singing his theme song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”  He wanted to teach children to love themselves and others, and he addressed common childhood fears with comforting songs and skits.

What would Mr. Rogers say?!?  Well, it turns out he still counsels us today in such matters.  The quote I found was this…“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

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Thank you Mr. Rogers.