“Dear Mister Rogers, Please Say When You are Feeding Your Fish, Because I Worry About Them”

Everyone loves Mister Rogers because he really did care and because he was kind. He once received this letter from Kate, age 5: “Dear Mister Rogers, 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 added this note: “Katie is blind, and she does cry if you don’t say that you have fed the fish.” In his book Dear Mr. Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?: Letters to Mr. Rogers, Mister Rogers printed on pp. 40-41 Katie’s letter and this response: “Since hearing from Katie, I’ve tried to mention out loud those times that I’m feeding the fish.”

For Further Information: Fred Rogers, Dear Mr. Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?: Letters to Mr. Rogers. New York: Putnum, 1994. Pp. 40-41.

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