Today I broke in a new set of tennis shoes, getting ready to walk a lot during an upcoming trip to The Netherlands. And as I walked and snapped pictures, the words to a song from Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood came to mind. Fred Rodgers, whose PBS television show was a staple for many US kids during the 1970′s and 1980′s, was a loving Presbyterian minister in Pittsburgh who had a wonderful magic about him. He was quoted after the recent Boston tragedy:
“When I was a boy and I saw scary things in the news, my mother would tell me, ‘look for the helpers. There are always good people helping.”
He was someone who taught people of all ages to always look for good.
Anyway, here are some photos from my walk, and the song that ran through my mind as took them:
“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor, Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood, A neighborly day for a beauty, Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you, I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So let’s make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we’re together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please, won’t you please, please won’t you be my neighbor?