When my kids were growing up, Mr. Rogers was a nice guy on TV. I enjoyed the times we watched his show, because it didn’t grate on my nerves like some of them. It is only recently that I have begun to encounter further insight to who he was as a person. (Usually I don’t want to know.)
It is wonderful to discover that the sense of kindness he projected on-screen was a very real part of his day-to-day life, by the consistent experience of those who knew him. I’m sure he had his weaknesses, as we all do, but at least his strength was honest and not a mask. I’m thankful, and I want to live this way too.
I love the commencement address he gifted us. It left me in tears at the end. And if you haven’t seen it yet … you’re welcome. 🙂
“Our world hangs like a magnificent jewel in the vastness of space. Every one of us is a part of that jewel. A facet of that jewel. And in the perspective of infinity, our differences are infinitesimal. We are intimately related. May we never even pretend that we are not.” – Fred Rogers
Read the full speech at Fred McFeely Rogers 2002 Commencement Address at Dartmouth College.