“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 . . .”
This is the song that Mister Rogers sang to the five-year-old boy in the electric wheelchair.
One word that could be used to describe Mister Rogers and his neighborhood is “simple”. They were as sweet and simple as the young children Mister Rogers was trying to reach. It takes an enormous amount of work to create such a simple space.
Seeing the Mister Rogers movie made me feel better about this shift. To address these changes only with frustration would leave behind the important lessons that Mister Rogers worked so hard to teach us:
Value everyone regardless of their age or what they do.
Remain curious about the world and what is right in front of you.
Remember that we all feel sad or angry sometimes.