I hate Mr. Rogers.
Have you ever watched the show? As an adult I mean. They do these frequent Discovery Channel’esque “Where’d that come from?” segments from the bluest blue collar workforce.
Excel! to Mediocrity!
“This is Louis. Louis has had the same job for twenty three years. Louis puts the blades on ice skates! Let’s watch Louis make the same three movements over and over, those same three motions he finds himself waking up making… sometimes he’s torn screaming from sleep by nightmares of being slashed to death by living skates. Let’s go skating!”
“This is Maria. Maria has been putting blenders together for fourteen years. Before that Maria put toasters in boxes for eleven years. Don’t pay any attention to those carpel tunnel braces that go from wrist to elbow… on both her arms. A small price to pay for a social security retirement of agony and surgery. Hooray, Florida!”
While I agree it’s wrong to tell your kids “You can be anything you want to be”. That’s just a lie, we’d be up to our armpits in firemen (people), police(persons) and astronauts if it were true. Sorry, moms & dads, somebody has got to push the ‘french fry’ button on the cash register. They could have picked jobs to showcase that didn’t spotlight people you knew were right there on the edge, waiting for that one thing to send them over into a killing spree… or catatonia….
Of course Mr. Rogers did have those cute puppets and that trolley that dinged on cue…
Hawk (mediocre sounds nice…)