Labor Day Neighbor Day

Sometimes I still miss Fred Rogers. What’s not to love about a man who dedicated his life teaching children about emotions? I see those videos of him- speaking for Congress or just doing his thing on “Mister Rogers Neighborhood”- and it makes me sad that he isn’t around anymore. Sure, I’d like my daughter to be able to watch new episodes of his show the way I did. (I’ve played the old ones for her. They don’t quite capture her attention.) But I also just wish he was around to continue influencing the world. We need more Mr. Rogers.

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I was thrilled, then, when his ideals and lessons returned with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. And I was even more thrilled that my daughter loves it.

One of Mr. Rogers’ most important lessons was what it means to be a good neighbor. This Monday PBS will have a new episode featuring Daniel doing good deeds for the people around him. It’s Labor Day Neighbor Day!

This. Is. Brilliant.

We’re all exhausted at the end of the summer. What better way to spread some joy than to do some random good deeds?

I spoke with Lily about the idea. We live in an apartment building so we have pretty regular interaction with our neighbors. She suggested that we make lemonade for them. I love it.

We’re going to make some signs to hang around the building letting people know that we’ll be out there for a few hours on Monday afternoon. We have a lot of elderly people in our building and I know what they really crave, more than lemonade, is company. And Lily is the BEST at that.

So join us, neighbor! What can you do on Monday to help your neighbors? Take some pictures and I’ll post them all next week 🙂

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