Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (also called the Neighborhood), was a half-hour educational children’s program on PBS starring Fred Rogers, and started airing in the US 1968 and ran for 895 episodes. A huge feat to be sure!

His show was designed for children and was very prescient of the children who would be babysat by the TV in the coming decades as the traditional gender roles broke down and women started taking jobs outside the home.

Now what made the shows so wonderful were the kind messages, the lessons taught and the barriers broken to encourage children to be the best they can be while also understanding that they are already amazing just by being themselves.

Mr. Rodgers came to be loved by millions of children over many decades (myself included), and part of the reason was that Fred Rodgers wasn’t just acting who he was on the show was who he really was. Honest, kind, fun, and with a real love for life. He once told a story of a conversation with his mother when he was dealing with some traumatic incident.

His mother said, when you see scary things in the world, look for the helpers.

The intent of course to be, the world is not all bad, just some people. Just some things, not all things.

Tonight here in LA half of the county is on lockdown after 4 nights of protests and looting in response to the senseless killing of George Floyd. A Black man from Minneapolis, who was killed when three police officers pinned him to the ground and one officer keeled on his neck restricting his airflow and caused his pre-existing conditions to heighten the damage they were doing. He died at the hand(knee’s) of those who should protect us event when we do not protect our own best interests.

So tonight the rest of the world is watching dozens of cites across the US burn because we can not get past the fact that we are all equal. That treating each with respect is always needed, even when we are in a position of power, we still should show respect to those we protect.

So tonight I am thinking of you. I love and respect you. I hope that your life is far better once all the craziness of COVID, the economy, and people behaving badly is straightened out, hopefully for the better. Until then, enjoy walks in the park with coffee and remember to stop and smell the flowers and leaves. And remember when bad things are happening around you to look for the helpers. If you don’t see any, maybe it is you that should be helping. 🙂

Good night to all of you. Peace be with you.

M.H.Perez