Last week, I attended Parent’s Summit 2016 and heard Joshua Straub, a professor of child development, speak. At one point in his talk, he mentioned one of my favorite childhood TV shows, Mr Rogers.
I had forgotten all about the tuneful, neighborly, sweater-wearing man that inspired a generation by way of trolley and make-believe! Why had I not thought to share this with my son?
On Monday, can you guess what we did? Yep, we sat down to watch Mr Rodgers!
Excited to share a piece of my childhood with my son, we grabbed our comfy blanket and snacks, sat on the couch, and pressed play. We were about one minute in when I thought, maybe this wasn’t a good idea.
Mr. Rogers seemed creepy.
Maybe it was his 80′s attire or his unusually thick eyebrows; maybe it was his sudden breakouts into song.
Creepy or not, Mr Rogers wasn’t exactly the way I remembered him.
I looked over at my son to gauge his level of interest… he was captivated from the opening song! But, I guess, why wouldn’t he be? This man could sing, change sweaters and toss his shoes hand-to-hand on beat. So, we kept watching. And, while there were many concepts I found to be incredibly valuable from our inaugural viewing, it was one quote that won me over…
Before our move to Wisconsin, I owned a photography business, Melenbacker Photography (our lifestyle work) and Shane Melenbacker (our commercial work), with my husband for over 9 years. Together, we had the opportunity to meet many people from all over the world. Never was the quote above more moving than when I looked into the eyes the strangers who allowed us to photograph them during our travels. Their images grew a love in my heart for people, no matter how different our backgrounds, beliefs or living conditions may be. This love became a reality that changed my life forever, for the best, when I was given a portrait of a stranger, who in time, would become my son.