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Happy Father’s Day! Occasions such as this make me nostalgic. I think about my childhood and our traditions. Father’s day was always spent in relaxation, grilling steaks and veggies, baking berry crisps, swimming in the pool, playing wiffle ball, chasing dragonflies, playing tag in the meadow. Even now I can conjure the sounds and smells of Father’s day, juicy berries, yeasty wildflowers, buzzing and chirping creatures, sweet mint tea.
I know that many of you have already seen this video Garden of Your Mind, but I think it’s an appropriate nod to fathers everywhere, young and young-at-heart. Mister Rogers was an important influence in my childhood. He taught me how to tie my shoes, make pretend, and find good in everything–even caterpillars and rain puddles.
Children’s programs are simply not of the same high quality anymore. I miss the basic, everyday lessons of respect, fair play, peace. Maybe someday our culture will embrace the simplicity of life again, return to the importance of cherishing childhood rather than rushing it.