Everyone (at least in the US), knows Mr. Rogers, and his beautiful kids’ TV show, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Each episode begins with Mr. Rogers entering his house, changing his shoes and zipping up (or buttoning up) a cardigan sweater while singing “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” (I still know all the words more than 20 years after I last saw the show.)But, did you know that all (or at least, nearly all) his sweaters were knit by hand by his mother, Nancy Rogers? How wonderful is that? It totally makes sense. Of course Mr. Rogers wore sweaters knit by his mother!One of her sweaters has even ended up in the Smithsonian. You can visit it in D. C. next time you’re there to pay respects to Mrs. Rogers.
And, one of the most famous Mr. Rogers quotes (at least it pops up on my Facebook feed most frequently) is about his mother:
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers
Mr. Rogers’ mother must have been a pretty amazing lady. So let’s raise our knitting needles to Nancy Rogers (and all the other amazing mothers) this Sunday while we celebrate Mothers’ Day!
(And Happy Mothers’ day to all you mothers out there on the internet! Especially Mom, Grandma, and Kris (my Mother-in-Law)!)