Here is a wonderful reminder of the good that people are capable of, as complex and imperfect as that good and the people may be.
Staring Fred Rogers, François Clemmons, Betty Aberlin, Joanne Rogers, Yo-Yo Ma…
Was Fred Rogers perfect and timeless? No. Was the show? No. Did you know Rogers ended the show for a while while he tried to create a show that focused on his message of radical acceptance for adults? It was called Old Friends… New Friends. Guess how that went.
Not only did that fail, but while doing that, he began to realize that he didn’t cover everything for child development, and never could, because the world was always changing, there would always be new things.
The work inside and out is a constant.
I have to say, I felt pretty glad that I didn’t “ugly cry” in the theater (there were a few tears though). But it got me thing, why should that matter? Sure I wouldn’t want to impact anyone’s viewing experience, but also, is it not a shared experience? There was a lot of sniffling in there, I’ll tell you that.
In a film about a person and a show that many others worked on and believed in, there’s a message that regardless of your age, feelings are valid even when they’re not always fun.
And even if others might allow us them, it’s important to remember to allow ourselves to have them, especially when reflecting on acceptance, love, and those who helped you become you.
☆☆☆☆ = “I hate it.”
★☆☆☆ = “I dislike it.”
★★☆☆ = “It’s okay.”
★★★☆ = “I like it.”
★★★★ = “I love it.”