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Why Mr. Rogers Announced His Actions Aloud

| by Sheena Vasani
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A Reddit user revealed television personality Mr. Rogers reportedly announced what he was doing aloud on his show "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" after a blind girl wrote him a letter.

User chammer326 posted the text from a letter by the child, Katie, on a Reddit thread after stumbling upon it in the book “Dear Mr. Rogers, Does It Ever Rain In Your Neighborhood?”

“Dear Mister Rogers,” the letter begins. “Please say when you are feeding your fish, because I worry about them. I can’t see if you are feeding them, so please say you are feeding them out loud.”

Katie’s father finishes the letter, explaining how the blind girl cries “if you don’t say you have fed the fish.”

It appears the letter left a deep imprint on Fred Rogers.

“Since hearing from Katie, I've tried to remember to mention out loud those times I'm feeding the fish," Rogers said in his book. "Over the years I’ve learned so much from children and their families. I like to think that we’ve all grown together.” 

The revelation has touched the hearts of many, with some commenting this “sweet” act made them cry.

“This man had incredible influences and learned how to accept and understand others at a very young age," wrote user openmindedskeptic. "I know I'm going to show all his shows to my kids in the future. Even though I didn't grow up with his show, a part of me feels like he cares for me and the world around us still. I want to be more like him.”

“I really think we should build a national monument to him that is just a life size statue on his knees with his arms out so people can go up and hug him,” added user rogercopernicus.

Rogers created “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood” in 1966, The Library of Congress reports. It was the longest-running show on PBS.

Rogers was awarded many titles and degrees for his role in helping and inspiring millions of children.

Rogers died in 2003.

Sources: RedditDear Mr. Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?", The Library Of Congress / Photo credit: KUHT via Wikmedia Commons

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