I was thrilled to create a recipe for a Vegetable Pot Pie with Tofu honoring public media icon, Mister Rogers and writing about his vegetarianism. Mister Rogers’ legacy is well and alive in so many ways. He would be happy to know that he is still engaging young audiences with his old shows many years after his passing. I asked my neighbor’s 2 year old daughter what she likes to watch on TV the other day, and she was quick to reply, “Mister Rogers!”
I found some clips where Mister Rogers’ wisdom is relevant, even to adults — see this clip where he talked about how his mother made all the cardigans he sported on his show. He talks about how the artistry in her knitting comes from years of practice. As someone who wears and appreciates handmade knitwear made by my own mother, I was really touched. It’s an important reminder, to teach kids to appreciate things that are made by hand.
Another clip everyone should see is this, when Fred Rogers stood up to protect public media in 1969. It is even more relevant right now, as we feel our freedoms of speech and of press being threatened in the U.S. and elsewhere. We have to support great public media organizations like PBS, NPR and their many member stations that have given us heroes like Mister Rogers.