4.18.13 Thankful Thursday: Children and Helpers

18 Apr

Today I want to take a moment to say thank you to the helpers in my life and to remember the dead and injured from the terrible events of the Boston Marathon Bombing on Monday.

In the wake of the bombing, the internet, and even the evening news her in the USA, has reflected on a quote by the children’s advocate and showman, Fred Rogers.   He said,

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

That statement is so true and something we should all teach our children (and learn ourselves).  Look for the helpers.  That is important to do even when you are not scared. And remember that animals can be those helpers, as well as humans.


You may not know that Fred Rogers was also a positive voice for pets.  In 1998, he wrote a book called “When A Pet Dies,”  to help children deal with the sadness around losing their first pet.  I like his view on children and pets and it is clear from his writings that pets are definitely among the positive helpers for children’s growth.

“Pets often serve as a trustworthy confidant for a child’s feelings of loneliness, sadness or fear. When adults and friends don’t seem to have time to play, a child can usually count on a pet to be a partner in a game. When a child is sad, a pet can usually be counted on to “listen.” When a child has been scolded and feels bad, a pet will still wag its tail nonjudgmentally and remind the child that he or she is still loved.” – Fred Rogers

I am thankful for people like Fred Rogers, who add a voice of calmness during stressful times, and to all the helpers, 2 and 4 legged, that I have encountered in my scary moments.

What are you thankful for today? 

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24 responses to “4.18.13 Thankful Thursday: Children and Helpers

  1. Cyn

    April 18, 2013 at 03:59

    You have a wonderful way of expressing with words thoughts some of us share but find difficult to
    Get across to others. I join in the sentiment you put forth in this post. This latest tragedy reminds us how fragile life is, yet how our inner strength comes forth and joins with the efforts of others to provide support, comfort, and humanity in times of such horrendous situations. Heroes come from all walks of life. If only people Would give peace a chance. Your blogs remind me of that wonderful song, ” Bless the beasts and the Children”. Thanks for being a champion of all who inhabit the earth. (sorry for the length of the comment)

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 08:51

      Thank you Cindy and you never have to apologize for a wonderful comment. “Bless the beasts and the children” is a wonderful song to go along with this post. These are trying times and we all most take comfort from our families, friends, and furries.

  2. Genevieve Petrillo

    April 18, 2013 at 06:06

    So true. Mr. Rogers had it right. So do you. 2-legged, 4-legged – helpers are helpers. They make what’s bad feel better.

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 08:49

      I am sure you make Mommy feel better every day

  3. easyweimaraner

    April 18, 2013 at 07:29

    Fred Rogers is right. Thanks for this wonderful post:o)

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 08:46

      Thanks for reading, Easy


    April 18, 2013 at 09:14

    What a perfect post! Waco just had a terrible situation so our prayers are with all of those folks in the area of the fertilizer plant too. So many helpers though everywhere 😉 thanks for the reminder 😉

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 09:28

      Yes it is terrible in West Texas with the death over 60 people and 100s hurt. It was a really bad week.

  5. Jodi

    April 18, 2013 at 09:22

    Americans will fight and squabble among themselves over the ‘issues’ but when it comes right down to it, in a time of crisis, that is truly when we are at our best. I was so impressed with the way the National Guard, Police and Fire personnel immediately began working, with no direction from anyone else. There will be so many wonderful stories that come from this horrific tragedy and they will mostly be about the helpers.

    Well said.

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 09:27

      Yes. We rally around the important things.

  6. Loy

    April 18, 2013 at 10:38

    Fred Rogers was a wonderful influence for all of us! Thanks for sharing.

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 11:05

      Thanks for reading

  7. mariodacat

    April 18, 2013 at 11:54

    You certainly did bring back a lot of memories by mentioning Mr. Rogers – what a great TV show he had for children (and sometimes adults too). Very nice post.

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 13:00

      Thank you. Welcome to my neighborhood.

  8. jansfunnyfarm

    April 18, 2013 at 12:49

    We’re thankful for the Fred Rogers of the world who focus on the best.

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 13:00

      That is great. Thanks

  9. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    April 18, 2013 at 18:55

    Such a wonderful post. Thanks for all the Mr Rogers of the world and thank you for sharing!

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 20:38

      Your welcome. Thanks for stopping by

  10. Vicki Flaherty

    April 18, 2013 at 20:13

    Today I am thankful for positive people like you who point to the kindness and potential we have as human beings – and reminding us of the special ways that pets make our lives richer.

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2013 at 20:37

      Thank you!

  11. ilovecats

    April 18, 2013 at 23:11

    Thanks for sharing I had no idea he wrote a book.

    • dogdaz

      April 19, 2013 at 08:20

      You are very welcome. We all learn from each other, every day.

  12. PepiSmartDog

    April 24, 2013 at 09:19

    What a lovely post; love what you said about ‘looking for the helpers.’ So true! Thank you for joining Thankful Thursday again and I look forward to your next post. *waves paw* :=o)

    • dogdaz

      April 24, 2013 at 09:59

      Hi Pepsi. Did I ever tell you that my spouse, V, only drinks Pepsi. Nothing else, ever (well water to brush teeth). Thank you for always being a great host. ‘Paw waves back at you” <^j=j* (my attempt at a dog icon)

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