I'm starting a new series called "Bequeathed Childhood Idols for my Own Children"
MisterRogers was a beacon of peace and imaginativeness for me and whatever I miss in emulation I hope he'll make up for. Even win the barrier of the television screen and time he convinced me that I was capable, loved, and full of potential. How he was stuffed full of making kindness and goodness achievable and palatable is quite a feat.
He was also a big supporter of persuading us that play is worthy, productive and necessary. It is the backbone of my artistic and academic problem solving skills.
"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."--Fred Rogers