As a kid, I loved Mister Rogers. Not just loved. Adored. He was one of the most loving, affirming and positive forces that has ever been on television.
It’s easy to be tempted to emulate someone like him, but Mr. Rogers would not want anyone to strive to be like other people.
Mr. Rogers would want me to always search and discover what is unique and magical about me, and then be that. So many people have inspired me and continue to inspire me.
Today, I celebrate him.
“You’ve made this day a special day, by just your being you. There’s no person in the whole world like you; and I like you just the way you are.” —Fred Rogers
The state of Pennsylvania placed a roadside historical marker in honor of Fred Rogers, designated on June 25, 2016. It is located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, if you’re ever in that neck of the woods.