Mr. Rogers: Diary of a Free-Flowing Spirit 11.4.18

Photo by Jim Judkis

Photo by Jim Judkis

After having it on my list for awhile now, I finally rented the Mr. Rogers documentary: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and watched it with Kalee this afternoon. It was the most moving movie I have seen in a very long time. I found myself crying multiple times throughout the film, so warmed by the fact that a man of this caliber existed and lived out his beautiful convictions with such determination and gentleness. He truly was revolutionary in the way he thought and lived and loved everyone he came into contact with. His heart for children was so pure, and yet so profound. Caring so deeply for their feelings and validating their worth with every chance he could get. I loved this line from him in the movie:

“The greatest thing that we can do is to help somebody know that they're loved and capable of loving.”

I found myself wanting to take notes throughout the whole movie and was so inspired in my own dreams of wanting to instill a deep sense of worth and self-love and acceptance into the hearts of every human. In all that is going on in this world, his simple approach to loving others and helping kids (and adults) learn how to cope and respond to the hard emotions and questions we’ll face in this life gave me a soaring amount of hope for humanity and how we can move forward in love during these times. I truly could not recommend a movie more.

Sara Bacon