Cancer is awful, and it took Mr. Fred Rogers from us. You probably grew up watching Mr. Rogers or have children who did. He was a peaceful and thoughtful man who knew the importance of teaching America’s youth to appreciate art, music, and self expression.
With so many awards and accolades won during his life, his work is still underrated. He touched millions of lives in extraordinary ways and had a deep impact on our culture. America is a better place because of Mr. Rogers’ influence, and future generations would be wise to continue watching his reruns.
But on his final episode, just before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Mr. Rogers spoke to the now-grown-up audience from his piano. And he had an important message that you will never forget:
I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.
Thank you Mr. Rogers for sharing your talents with us. You are missed.