Cracked, purveyors of videos that lead you down a rabbit hole of ‘Oh yeah, I remember “Are You Afraid of the Dark”!’ moments at 3.30 in the morning, has a really cute compilation video of adorable, make-you-feel-good clips, opening with one of my childhood heroes, Fred Rogers. I am old enough that I watched the 1979 run LIVE as a toddler (do the math), so anything with Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is happiness. Watch, enjoy.
However, because I’ve been around the internet since whoever made this video was probably in grade school, I also always, always think of this when I think of amiable Fred:
Now, I can choose to do one of two things when I recall this GIF: I can hate that I’ve seen enough stuff on the internet that has crushed every single one of my heroes growing up (every. damn. one. of. them, some live via early IRC and Usenet), or I can love the fact that the guy who genuinely always seemed to love teaching and learning from kids was human, had an adult sense of humor, but knew when to deploy it. As a foul mouthed (and brained) parent of a toddler, I choose the latter.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to look up some old clips to show the kid.