To Demean Life or Cherish It
Last night, Daniel and I watched an episode of Mr Rogers. We thought we would have a bit of a nostalgic moment in remembering watching Mr Rogers as young boys.
I never expected to be sniffling and tears in my eyes watching this episode.
This is currently on Netflix. This is filmed in 1968. I was born in 1973, so this is before my time.
While people trash Mr Rogers and, of course, people love to complain that Mr Roger’s House wasn’t wheel chair accessible for this particular episode. It’s tragic that people see that first instead of the true message here. Let’s put the negativity away for two minutes and see this video from a perspective of 2015. What has happened to children’s programming and creativity?
As a child, the boy’s issues would have been over my head. Today in the programming, it’s more concentrated on the commercials or cartoon characters screaming at each other. This young man had the opportunity to speak without being rushed. Mr Rogers giving him the respect to speak without pushing him to speed up. We wouldn’t see that today on TV. It’s powerful.
The song he sings with this young man had my lips quivering. The boy eventually joins Mr Rogers in singing along and I was a mess that is in the video below.
Today, in The Crochet Crowd Community, we each have our own vices, obstacles and more. Society is so quick to judge and jump on our differences and intentionally hurt each other because we have this stupid ideal of what normal is. We each have something in our lives to be grateful for when we think about it.
The biggest gift my mother ever gave me was to see past disabilities and differences to see people for whom they are. There are times I misjudge and I am human and I can admit that. My mother taught me to see people as people, not for their skin, culture or languages for the people that they are. At the end of our journey, we all end up vanishing and how we spent our time should matter. She reminded me that we cannot help everyone all by ourselves but if we work together with others, we can make make someones life easier if we choose.
Maybe I am old school… I am seeing today’s generation of kids needing huge stimulation to keep themselves entertained. While I can admit I am addicted to work and the internet. But I would like to think that we each have a responsibility for the energy we bring to online communities. If you enter a community with a negative attitude, it will bounce back at you quicker than you will ever believe.
I was on another Facebook community this morning. Nearly 80% of the comments being left are intended to hurt someone’s feelings and ruin the creativity of others as a result. The energy is negative, the kick back is negative and my thought immediately to myself, “Thank god that is not The Crochet Crowd…” I say that from a personal perspective as it’s my personal place to play and be encouraged by others. Just like I have a responsibility to congratulate, encourage and try to help as many people I can physically handle. I won’t be able to help everyone but that’s where communities, such as ours, have so many people that can each bring that to the table.
While I know there were will be a few off putting comments to my blog today as it’s not crochet related. Crochet, to me, is community. We are connected through a hobby and usually crochet and the yarn crafts are ice breakers which can form friendships.
Just something to think about I suppose. Last night while watching the 1968 episode, it was a smack in the face for what is important in our lives.