Wear a Sweater - Be a Kid Again!

The following article took me back to my childhood:

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A tribute to children's public television pioneer Fred Rogers will include an effort to get people everywhere to wear a sweater on what would have been his 80th birthday.

March 20th is being promoted as ``Sweater Day'' to honor Rogers, who died of cancer five years ago. A sweater was his trademark garb on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

David Newell, who played speedy deliveryman Mr. McFeely on the show, appears in a YouTube video that touts the event. "Sweater Day" is the capstone to a six-day celebration planned by Family Communications Inc. of Pittsburgh. Rogers created the company to produce his show.

Mister Rogers was a regular on my childhood viewing schedule, along with Sesame Street. I especially remember the train that would take us to the Land of Make Believe. Even once I started kindergarten, I would come home (it was half-day, and I attended the morning session) and my mom would make me chicken noodle soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, which I'd eat as I watched the shows. My most vivid Sesame Street memory would have to be when Mr. Hooper died. The show addressed it in a Thanksgiving Day episode, if I recall correctly, I remember Mom sitting us down and saying it was important we watched the show and understood what they were talking about. I still love to run across those shows when I channel surf. And I'm always comforted by by the ease with which Mr. Rogers slipped on those shoes and that sweater. Slip on a sweater March 20th and reminisce about your childhood. I might even enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, too!



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