I am grateful for Mr. Rogers. I wasn’t a huge fan of Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood growing up. Being the cynic-in-training that I was, I found him a little syrupy and not particularly funny. The shame of that is that he was a precious resource for kids all over the world. The lessons he taught, to love and value yourself, to see that we are all neighbors, to look for the helpers, to be comfortable, to share responsibility for this planet we call home, are the tenets for a life well-lived. The most valuable lesson I learned from him is the oldest lesson in the book, you can’t judge a book by its cover. A simple, soft-spoken, mild-mannered minister taught and uplifted, and scolded and loved unconditionally. And touched millions.