It's a Beautiful Day in My Neighbourhood

Fred Rogers was ordained a Presbyterian Minister. If you listened carefully to the message he shared in every episode of his children’s program there was a clear and fulsome recognition of the value and worth of every person God created. While Rogers did not refer to God by name on his show he did speak about God in interviews and speeches. It was his faith in a God of imagination, love and neighborliness that gave him the voice to sing his songs, tell his stories and create such strange and lovable characters. I loved the innocence that Fred Rogers shared. While I am not emotional in what we might understand as emotional I am very caught by innocence, the expression of love with no reciprocity or manipulation involved. When Rogers offers songs or expressions of love there is no sense he is being maudlin, dramatic or needy. His joy and enthusiasm is coming from a pure place of wonder and thanksgiving. Every day I try as best I can to go to my Mr. Rogers place. I am not a person who lives in resentment, anger or neediness. BUT I am a person who worries, worries about everything! And unlike many who are paralyzed by their worry I am propelled to action, fuelled to address the real and imagined needs around me. I get a high from fulfilling these needs, seemingly overcoming these worries. But the joy is more a sigh of relief than a state of thankfulness. That’s where Fred Rogers comes in, remembering the innocent joy of wonder, gratitude and connectedness makes me happy. I am not happy to have gotten through my list or to have gotten through the day without “screwing up” I am happy to be, just be. The worry will come, oh will it come! But in moments like this I am content to just say, “It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood.”

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?