“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.’ To this day,especially in times of disaster,‘ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.” ~ Fred Rogers
My daughter asked me yesterday why did “they” throw a bomb near Grandma’s in Massachusetts? I said I don’t know. (I’m from Western Massachusetts and still have family there, my daughter misunderstood what she caught on the news and thought Boston was where Grandma was). Then I was tooling around online and I found this quote. So I read it to her and reminded her that there were many people helping, to focus on the people who are helping.
I loved watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood when I was a kid. Good heavens, that was soo long ago.
It’s a crazy, mixed up world we live in. I feel that we live in a time where there is no guarantee that your kid will arrive home safely, that there is no guarantee any of us will arrive home safely. Airports, schools, not even a marathon that has taken place ever since I can remember is safe. There is always a chance of crazy.
What can a person do? Besides keeping a copy of this Mr. Rogers quote on your refrigerator? I have no idea what the right answer is. What I tell my child is, we can choose to be kind instead of proving that we are right or our way is the only way. We can be one of those “helpers” so that people will look around and know that there are people who still care.