The greatest gift you can ever give, he said, is your honest self. And he did.
Children saw that. Parents saw that. Educators saw that.
Mr. Rogers didn't need fancy animation. He didn't talk down to children. He was honest, kind, playful, and informative. He wanted children to love themselves and others. What more could we ask of children, or ourselves?
So, happy birthday, Mr. Rogers. You were loved. You are missed.
Did you love Mr. Rogers as well? If you have children in your life, have you shared him with them?