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Mr. Rogers Gets Crunk! (Giveaway Post)

What's your fave Mr. Rogers memory? Tell us in the comments section, and you can win two T-shirts from the Cotton Factory!

One of the first columns I ever wrote for Pittsburgh Magazine was about how important Mr. Rogers was to me and my sisters growing up.

Like a friend. A teacher. A second Dad. A calm voice telling us every day how awesome and special we were and how much he loved spending time with us.

So imagine my great, great delight and the giant pat on the back I gave myself when I heard my 4-year-old daughter belting out "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" the other day.

Go, me! She wasn't singing Barney or the Wiggles or (God help me) Justin Bieber; she was singing Mr. Rogers.

I've taken to watching "Mr. Rogers" reruns with her online at the PBS website and have rediscovered the magic of learning things through Mr. Rogers' eyes and words. How music is made. How it's OK when friends fight. How the mail works. I haven't yet shown her how crayons are made—I don't know if she's ready for that life-changing moment. First day of school. First car. First day of college. First kiss. First time you learn about how crayons are made.

Here's a Mr. Rogers segment that a reader recently sent to me that proves that Mr. Rogers would try anything if he thought the kids that loved him could learn from watching him do it.

Mr. Rogers ... breakdancing ...  in a cardigan.

You can laugh—I did—but you can't laugh AT Mr. Rogers.

These days, children's shows are produced and choreographed and bedazzled to a top-of-the-Chrysler-Building-seizure-inducing-everyone-is-happy-and-perfect-and-has-learned-something-important kind of shine. If a take isn't perfect, it's simply edited out. The stars are trained singers and dancers who will spend hours with a choreographer before they'll allow themselves to be filmed for an episode about breakdancing.

But Mr. Rogers essentially says, I am who I am. I'm going to try this because I'm always telling these kids to try new things. I'm probably going to be terrible at this. Oh well. Action!

He continues to teach me lessons well into adulthood. Who cares what it looks like when I try to do things like curl or fight fires or brave up to birds. What matters is that you did it and you can say that you did it, instead of just saying, "I THOUGHT about doing it."

So, the crayon episode USED to be my favorite Mr. Rogers memory, but I've just replaced it with this one.

What about you? What's your favorite Mr. Rogers memory?

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