1. Some Not So Friendly Neighbors
It’s no coincidence that Fred Rogers taught kids about kindness and gentility on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — his own childhood was actually quite fraught. According to a real-life neighbor of Rogers’, he was on the receiving end of some seriously hurtful bullying by his peers.
Rogers was shy and overweight when he was young, and in the eyes of some mean-spirited kids, perfect fodder for bullying. Rogers explained, “I used to cry to myself when I was alone. And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano.” But it was this experience with bullying that led him to seek out the “essential invisible” within everyone.