I was going through some papers and came across a letter that was dated April 1995 from Mr.Rogers to my daughter Stephanie. The letter is as follows:
It meant a great deal to me that you wanted to write to me as a part of your class project. I’m glad to know that our Neighborhood was a part of your growing up and that you continue to have such warm feelings about our program.
It was interesting to know about your assignment of writing to people asking them to tell you about their favorite books. You are fortunate to have a teacher who is helping you appreciate books and reading in such a personal way. I’m pleased to send you a letter about that because books have always been important to me. Reading has helped me understand more about myself, about others, and about the world around us. I especially like books about relationships. My favorite book from my childhood was THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I think I enjoyed it so much because it’s a story about how much we can help each other by caring and communicating.
Stephanie, I hope that you and your classmates will find helpful things and pleasureful things in reading all throughout your lives. Best wishes from all of us here in the Neighborhood, for your schoolwork and for whatever you do. You are special– just because you’re you!
This letter was typewritten on personal stationery and had a real signature! I suspect that Mr. Rogers was a highly sensitive person. What do you think? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.