This week we'll review a sweet little book titled Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers. As the title indicates, Mister Rogers shares 150 pages of his personal insights and anecdotes just the way you'd expect him to if you were watching the neighborhood on TV. One of our favorite pages addresses a Fred Rogers mantra about the uniqueness of every single human being. "You are a very special person," he writes. "There is only one like you in the whole world. There's never been anyone exactly like you before, and there never will be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are."
Kids of all ages responded to this gentle man, because we all sensed his deep kindness. A personal connection with Fred Rogers is appropriate here: when our daughter Amanda was 3 her grandmother died, and, in her grief she wrote to her hero, Mister Rogers. a few weeks later Amanda received a personal letter from Fred Rogers comforting her in her time of loss. In that letter he used some of the same words of wisdom in the book we feature today. We're all unique; we're all the same. The wonderful mystery of humanity as seen through the eyes of Mister Rogers.
Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers © 2005 Family Communications Inc.