If More of Us Would Follow in His Footsteps

Over 25 years ago, I had the great pleasure of meeting this true celebrity. He was the real deal – the same person I saw on PBS stood before me, thanked me for my service to young children, had his assistant take our picture (when he noticed my disappointment that I hadn’t brought my camera), and reminded my mother of the importance of being a grandmother.

A few weeks later, as promised, I received the photos in the mail.

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Me, Mr. Rogers and my mom at an early childhood conference in Anaheim, CA

To this man, no person was “foreign.” They were someone that he had not yet had the pleasure to meet.

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I just bought the new “forever” postage stamp.

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Also watch for upcoming films about him and his limitless love for humanity.

Thank you, Mr. Rogers. You are still an inspiration.

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When I Grow Up …

 

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She believed there were only pros to fusing things together

the bricks to build her house

the quilts to keep her grandchildren warm

the neighbors at the parties she threw

She was a pro at fusing things.

Nothing came apart.

Nothing tore.

Nothing fell.

No one was left out.

And all because she was generous with her love,

plentiful in her resources,

abounding with energy.

In all these things, she was profuse

never lacking

seldom flawed

and never felt defective.

In her wrinkled, aging hands

she held the world together.

I want to be like her when I grow up.

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The Hidden to Light

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Entertain me with your laughter

not your bravado

dance for me a jig

and smile when I join you

Extend your hand

and walk me across the water

into a field of wild flowers

Run without thought

to catch my hat from the breeze

Talk to me of topics peaceful

and fill me with stories of compassion

Take me to your favorite place

and share with me the secrets inside

Remove the metal around your chest

to show me the softness within.

And I will shelter you from the storm.

 

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