In writer Jeanne Marie Laskas' review of Mr. Rogers, "Won't You be my Neighbor," in the NYTimes recently, she met Fred Rogers when she was 26 and fresh out of grad school (her Uncle worked with Fred). Although she didn't know it at the time, Fred Rogers seamlessly taught her a lot about life and the pure human emotions associated with being alive...especially with easily impressionable children. She mentioned that Fred liked to live in the moment - not bringing the baggage from the past, nor the anxiety of the future into his life, his work and his friendships.
Although it was not portrayed in the movie, per se, Ms. Laskas' articulated that Fred told her many things in life involve giving and receiving. "It's so very hard, receiving," he said. When you give something, you're in much greater control. But when you receive something, you're so vulnerable. I think the greatest gift you can ever give is an honest receiving of what a person has to offer."
To wrap up the movie without giving it all away, is Fred Rogers favorite quote: "What is essential is invisible to the eyes," from Saint - Exupéry's "The Little Prince." What is essential about you that is invisible to the eyes?"
BSoleille! The bright side of "It's you I like." Fred Rogers