Mr. Roger always started the show singing the "Neighbor Song," in which he asks viewers to be his "neighbor."
To me, this song represented compassion and love.
Through his lyrics, Mr. Roger allowed me to feel a connection with the man on the screen (even though a couple of the puppets scared me a little.)
What is a neighbor anyway? Did you know a neighbor isn't just someone who lives down the hall from you or in the house next to yours?
Here's how Dictionary.com defines it:
I didn't know that! At least, I didn't know until I looked up the word, "neighbor," and realized that all of you, dear readers, are my Blogosphere neighbors.
- You have helped me try to decide whether or not to get nose surgery;
- You have kindly applauded my bravery when I publicly addressed my depression;
- You have calmed me when I freaked out about my son needing speech therapy;
- You have emailed, liked and shared my words with your friends;
- And you have shared your own stories with me, which is the best part of all.
I know that a writer is still a writer, whether or not the writer's words are read by others, but an audience helps to bring a writer to life.
Your engagement with my work brings my words to life and forces me to think further about what I've written. Because of you, this blog is so much more than a blog--it is an organic, living, breathing thing that I can grow and nurture with your help.
I am so grateful for your presence in my cyber world. You visiting my site, commenting on my posts and sharing my work means the world to me.
Thank you for your neighborliness. I love you, guys!
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This post is also linked to Six Word Saturday.