Earlier this week I published a review of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History over at GeekDad.com. But not long before that book review review I wrote about another Mister Rogers book, also on GeekDad. I can’t stress enough just how little most of now about the man many of us grew up watching on TV. He was truly profound and was quite literally a friend to everyone he ever met. Well, this past weekend I was in our local comic book store and what did I see sitting on the shelf other than Mister Rogers in Funko Pop form. I mean I couldn’t just leave him there sitting on the comic book store shelf, so he came home with me. Mister Rogers is now at home guarding my bookshelf. Fred Rogers was an avid reader, always wanting to learn more. So I think he will feel right at home.
I mentioned that Fred Rogers was a friend to everyone he ever met. One of the quotes from I’m Proud of You by Tim Madigan (which was what the 2nd linked article above was about) that really stuck with me was this one about friendship:
“A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
-I'M PROUD OF YOU by Tim Madigan
I’m thinking we could all use a friend like that, or better yet we could BE a friend like that to someone else. I’m hoping my new bookshelf guardian will be a daily visual reminder of just that thought...