shared this with me on today, my birthday. It's bittersweet for two reasons.
(1) When I was a wee lad, I was left at home by myself most days while my parents, who couldn't afford day care, were at work. Mostly I read and watched TV. Being a very serious kid, I ignored all other channels and watched only educational programming on PBS. Our PBS station played Mister Rogers' Neighborhood
throughout the day, and Mister Rogers was a familiar and comforting presence. The thing he did of changing into his sneakers and cardigan at the beginning of every episode was genius. People who remember almost nothing else about the show remember that part. I don't know why, but that was the highlight of every episode!
Mister Rogers is the patron saint of latchkey kids. I can't imagine any other way to watch the show except by yourself in an empty house, Mister Rogers dropping in a couple times a day to see how you were doing.
(2) I don't remember if I ever saw this clip as a kid, but if so, Mister Rogers' message about fire was completely wasted on me. One time I found a Zippo lighter on the porch, and managed to light it up. Fun! The only problem was I didn't know how to turn it off. I dropped it and cried. Fortunately my parents showed up a few moments later. Stuff like this happened all the time while I was unattended. I don't know why I'm alive.