In the morning, while waiting for my brain to de-thaw from the long winter of sleep I turn on the television and watch a movie or documentary. Generally not for very long. Just long enough to dissipate the residue of unsettling dreams. This morning I watched part of a documentary about Fred Rogers called Won’t you be my Neighbor? I used to think watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood with my toddler was worse than eight hours at a miserable job but you know, he was a decent guy. I sure wish we had him around today to help children cope with the schism in this country. I wonder what he would say. “Children, the world has seen evil men before and many millions of people have died but that doesn’t mean that you’re not special.”
A cat of entirely different stripes, Captain Kangaroo, was the reason my father finally allowed a boob tube in our house. My little sister’d fallen in love with the show and she always got what she wanted because she was “special,” aka, a champion pouter who could and would hide under the bed and refuse to eat until she got her way.
By that time I was a teenager and so warned my parents that Lizzie’s fixation with Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Green Jeans would warp her forever but, did they listen to me? No. And so she’s been married nineteen times. I guess she thinks there’s a man out there somewhere who likes to talk to stuffed animals and is not some kind of pervert.
Back to my apology, Fred Rogers had amazing will power. He swam a mile every single day and maintained the exact same weight for most of his adult life. He could also focus his attention one hundred percent on listening to young children. Have you ever tried to listen to a toddler for longer than a few minutes?
Apparently he wasn’t fond of Eddie Murphy’s brilliant satire: Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood:
But there are pictures of the two men embracing in later years. Do you think Trump will ever embrace Alec Baldwin?
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