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?
This is part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from PepiSmartDog.com
- Fred Rogers, a Pioneer of Peace (barbarascovillelcsw.com)