Thursday, July 13, 2006

Loosed Words: Won't you be my neighbour?

This week's installment of Loosed Words is a two-parter, with a Clickez-Ici component, featuring one of the most tender-hearted human beings ever to walk this planet; Mr Rogers of Mr Rogers' Neighbourhood fame; so be sure to click on the image of the nice man to the right for a video snippet.

The clip is of Rogers' 1969 impassioned testimony before the US Senate in defense of the fledgling Public Broadcasting Corporation's imperilled budget, Nixon wanted to slash it in half because of the "police action" in Vietnam, and of the importance of public television to early childhood development.

What Do You Do?
- by The Reverend Frederick McFeely Rogers

What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world seems oh, so wrong...
And nothing you do seems very right?

What do you do? Do you punch a bag?
Do you pound some clay or some dough?
Do you round up friends for a game of tag?
Or see how fast you go?

It's great to be able to stop
When you've planned a thing that's wrong,
And be able to do something else instead
And think this song:

I can stop when I want to
Can stop when I wish.
I can stop, stop, stop any time.
And what a good feeling to feel like this
And know that the feeling is really mine.
Know that there's something deep inside
That helps us become what we can.
For a girl can be someday a lady.
And a boy can be someday a man.

(Song credit: Fred Rogers, "What Do You Do?")

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