Whether or not you grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, you can appreciate the effect Fred Rogers has had on generations of children who loved him over the course of his show's 30 plus year run. In each episode, gems of wisdom and life lessons were imparted, teaching us to love ourselves and, of course, our neighbors. But what Mister Rogers says in his farewell show, after all those years, might be among his most powerful words ever.
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"I walk down the street and someone, 20 or 30 or 40 years-old will come up to me and say, 'You are Mister Rogers, aren't you?'"
"And then they tell me about growing up with the neighborhood and how they're passing on to the children they know what they found to be important in our television work. Like expressing their feelings through music, and art, and dance, and sports, and drama, and computers and writing."
"And invariably we end our little time together with a hug."
"I'm just so proud of all of you who have grown up with us. I know how tough it is some days to look with hope and confidence on the months and years ahead."
"But I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are..."
"...and what's more, I'm so grateful to you for helping the children in your life to know that you'll do everything yo u can to keep them safe, and to help them express their feelings in ways that will bring healing in many different neighborhoods."
"It's such a good feeling to know we're life-long friends."
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