Betsy Devine has become just about my favorite blogger these days. I like her writing style, and she picks up and writes about just the things I care about.
Today, she quotes the dear and departed Mr. Fred Rogers, whose gentleness with — and respect for — kids is needed now more than ever. Thanks, Betsy, for sharing this quote from the AP Euology:
During the Persian Gulf War, Rogers told youngsters that “all children shall be well taken care of in this neighborhood and beyond — in times of war and in times of peace,” and he asked parents to promise their children they would always be safe.
“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility,” he said in 1994. “It’s easy to say ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’
“Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”
Of course, one of my favorite Mr. Rogers Neighborhood residents was Lady Elaine Fairchilde, described here this way:
Lady Elaine Fairchilde is the neighborhood’s mischief-maker. She is independent and willful, and she sometimes gets into trouble. She is lovable nonetheless, but often needs to be assured that people like her just the way she is.
Hey there, Toots. When I want something to happen, I wave my Boomerang Toomerang Soomerang and