A Moment of Jen
THE NEXT BEST THING — In Stores July 3rd!

Friday, February 28, 2003
posted by Jen at 2/28/2003 12:21:00 PM

Won't you be my neighbor?

So my Mom called. She wants me to get off her back. She also wants to know what I think about the sad news that Mr. Rogers has passed away. I've been thinking about it for a while, and the first thing that strikes me is that if you stop any cynical, hard-bitten, world-weary Gen-Xer on the street and start singing "You can never go down, can never go down, can never go down...." we'd all know the next words ("the drain!").

The thing about Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was that it was one of the last pure places for children.

Sesame Street had celebrity guest stars and in-jokes directed to its grown-up viewers. It was (and remains) a program very much of its moment -- vibrant, fast-moving, multicultural and politically correct. It was fun and hip and fast-paced.

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was none of those things....but it was, in its own way, timeless. Mr. Rogers never talked down to children, and he never talked past them. His neighborhood always felt like a safe place, where it was okay for children to play games, to pretend, to talk about their feelings and know that the grown-ups would listen; a place where there was no hurry to grow up. A place where it was okay just to be a kid. I think there are too few places like that in the world, and on television. Sigh.

Now that I'm thoroughly depressed about the state of the world and the state of television (which is probably because I caught another few minutes of "Are You Hot" the other night, and had convinced myself that Lorenzo Lamas with a laser pointer means that the four horsemen of the Apocalypse can't be far behind), I have to go out in the snow and fetch my new glasses.

| #

Welcome to A Moment of Jen, author Jennifer Weiner's constantly-updated take on books, baby, and news of the world. Email me at jen (a) jenniferweiner.com.

Follow me on Twitter

To order Then Came You, click on the cover

To order Fly Away Home, click on the cover

To order Best Friends Forever, click on the cover

To order Certain Girls, click on the cover

To order The Guy Not Taken, click on the cover

To order Goodnight Nobody, click on the cover:

To order Little Earthquakes, click on the cover:

To order In Her Shoes, click on the cover:

To order Good In Bed, click on the cover:

My bio
Advice For Aspiring Writers

This weblog is now syndicated via this link.

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]

Jen International

Goodnight Nobody - Norway

Little Earthquakes - Norway

The Guy Not Taken - UK

Good In Bed - Japan

Good In Bed - Dutch

The Guy Not Taken (Dutch)

Goodnight, London!

Goodnight, Amsterdam!

Petit Earthquakes!

Little Earthquakes Japan

IHS Japan

GIB Norway

IHS Norway

Chaussure à son pied

Little Aardschocken

In Her Shoes - Polish

En sus Zapatos

Bueno en la Cama!

Little Earthquakes - Germany

In Her Shoes - Germany

In Her Shoes - UK

In Her Shoes - Italian

In Her Shoes - Dutch

GIB in Finnish

GIB in French

Germans love Hasselhoff and GIB:

Cannie hits Japan!:

NEW - Little Earthquakes Sweden

Cannie goes Swedish!

Cannie hits Rio!

Cannie Goes Dutch:


Jen's Favorite Links:

All in the Family:

Throwing Things
Joe Weiner

News and Media:
Television Without Pity

Moby Lives
Publisher's Weekly
Old Hag
Sarah Weinman
Galley Cat
Southern Comfort

Baby Mama:
Bad Mother

Snarkspot archives:

Powered by Blogger

Copyright 2002-2008, Jennifer Weiner

Listed on BlogShares