With America reeling in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, it is hard not to allow the darkness inflicted by one individual consume us. But with the comforting words of the beloved Mr. Rogers, I truly hope we will begin to take our first steps forward to provide comfort and stability to the survivors of this massacre.
“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.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” — Mister Rogers
Created online by 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting, this photo captures the incredible bond shared between Mr. Rogers and the children he adored. The post compiling the photo and quote has since gone viral on Facebook with over 49,000 likes and 88,850 shares. A heart-melting moment of pure, innocent love, this embrace between a child and his hero gives us a hope for the future — a hope for healing, a hope for love, a hope that children will never lose their innocence in such a horrific way again. Let’s make a vow to be these helpers and turn our hopes into actions as we move forward in our lives.